Grayson Perry | Julie Cope’s Grand Tour: The Story of a Life

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A Crafts Council touring exhibition

Grayson Perry


Until 28 July 2018 (historic exhibition)


The Shipley Art Gallery presents a Crafts Council touring exhibition by 2003 Turner Prize winner, Grayson Perry. 

Presenting a pair of Perry’s large-scale and striking tapestries, The Essex House Tapestries: the life of Julie Cope (2015) were made for ‘A House for Essex,’ designed by Grayson Perry and FAT Architecture, and well known through the Channel 4 programme ‘Grayson Perry’s Dream House.’ 

The touring exhibition will consist of a diptych of the two tapestries, which tells the story of Julie Cope - a fictitious Essex ‘everywoman’, who was inspired by the people Perry grew up among.  Julie's story is presented through Perry's recognisably vibrant and detail-orientated style. These artworks represent, in Perry’s words, ‘the trials, tribulations, celebrations and mistakes of an average life.’

Image: In Its Familiarity, Golden, Grayson Perry, 2015. Crafts Council Collection: 2016.19. Purchase supported by Art Fund (with a contribution from The Wolfson Foundation), Maylis and James Grand, Victoria Miro and other private donors. Courtesy the Artist, Paragon Press, and Victoria Miro, London. © Grayson Perry