Exhibition // Grayson Perry’s ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’

20-21 Visual Arts Centre on Church Square in Scunthorpe will host Grayson Perry’s ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ from 7 July to 9 September 2018.

Grayson Perry is a Turner Prize winning British artist, best known for his bold and colourful art.
Perry’s work, The Vanity of Small Differences, explores our fascination with taste and class through six large colourful tapestries. The exhibition will fill the Nave of the former St John’s Church at 20-21.

The tapestries tell the story of a fictional character, Tim Rakewell, as he makes his way up through the British social classes. Each tapestry is made of wool, cotton and silk on a mechanical loom and then coloured-in by hand.

The exhibition is on loan to the gallery from the British Council Collection and Arts Council Collection.
Cllr Elaine Marper, cabinet member responsible for 20-21 Visual Arts Centre on North Lincolnshire Council welcomed the new exhibition to the gallery, saying “once again, our North Lincolnshire gallery is punching above its weight in the art world. This is the second exhibition from a Turner Prize winner to come to Scunthorpe, after Antony Gormley’s Field for the British Isles wowed crowds at 20-21 in 2015.

“Over 38,000 people visited 20-21 last year and we’re hoping that Grayson Perry’s exhibition will bring even more visitors into the town to see the works.

“By continuing to provide a varied and exciting exhibitions programme at the gallery, we can build on what is already happening around North Lincolnshire and create a real destination for day-trippers and tourists.”

To accompany the exhibition, Grayson Perry worked with Channel 4 to create a documentary series, ‘All in The Best Possible Taste’, following the artist as he researched and produced the tapestries.

As part of the exhibition at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, visitors will be able to see scenes from the Channel 4 documentaries alongside the tapestries themselves.

20-21 is also looking for volunteer invigilators to help support this exciting exhibition. If you are interested and would like to find out more, you can contact the gallery on 20-21.epd@northlincs.gov.ukor call 01724 297070.

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Special Sunday openings are 8 July and 9 September from 11am to 4pm.

For more information on visiting 20-21, visit the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre website.

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is owned and operated by North Lincolnshire Council, and is a National Portfolio Organisation funded by Arts Council England.
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