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The Gallery is excited to see the return of artist Grayson Perry, as part of a special tour.

Two exquisite tapestries tell the life story of Julie Cope, a fictional character created by artist Grayson Perry. The tapestries illustrate key events in the heroine’s journey - the first, titled A Perfect Match, portrays Julie’s early years from birth to marriage. Her later years, second marriage and death in a tragic accident are depicted in In its Familiarity, Golden. Rich in cultural and architectural details, the tapestries contain a social history of modern Britain that everyone can relate to. 
 

[The tapestries] are the condensed life of a fairly ordinary Essex Woman set mainly in the second half of the twentieth century. The way the world is going, in fifty years time many may find Julie’s life that we see as fairly ordinary, as one of plentiful opportunity and exceptional wealth. 
Grayson Perry 
 

The tapestries are shown alongside a specially commissioned audio recording of The Ballad of Julie Cope, a 3,000 word narrative written and read by Perry himself that illuminates Julie’s hopes and fears as she journeys through life.  
 

The tapestries were created for A House for Essex - a house designed by Perry for the Living Architecture project. The first edition of the work hangs in the house and this second set is being toured by the Crafts Council to be seen more widely. 
 

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Image credit: (above and detail featured below/in banner) A Perfect Match, Grayson Perry, 2015. Crafts Council Collection: 2016.18. Acquired with Art Fund support (with a contribution from The Wolfson Foundation) and a donation from Maylis and James Grand.Courtesy the artist, Paragon | Contemporary Editions Ltd and Victoria Miro. © Grayson Perry 


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On loan from the Crafts Council Essex House Tapestries: the Life of Julie Cope, 2015. Crafts Council Collection: 2016.18–19. Purchase supported by Art Fund (with a contribution from The Wolfson Foundation) and a donation from Maylis and James Grand. Courtesy the artist, Paragon | Contemporary Editions Ltd and Victoria Miro. © Grayson Perry 

Would you like to exhibit a portrait in our City Space gallery, alongside the Perry exhibition? We're inviting friends of The Arc, collaborators and visitors, to make a meaningful portrait of their own. Timed to open alongside Perry, This is Me will celebrate identity in all its glorious diversity. Download the maker's instruction pack here or collect a copy from the welcome desk 

 < This is Me maker's instruction pack

 

  • Grayson Perry's Essex tapestry

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