Grayson Perry tapestries to tour

The Vanity of Small Differences, a series of six exuberant tapestries by Grayson Perry will visit Sunderland, Manchester and Birmingham over the next year thanks to the Art Fund’s support.

Created alongside the popular BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 series All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, The Vanity of Small Differences were subsequently gifted to the Arts Council Collection and the British Council by the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London, supported by Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund, Sfumato Foundation, and AlixPartners.

The tapestries chart the ‘class journey’ made by young Tim Rakewell and include many of the characters, incidents and objects Grayson Perry encountered on journeys through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and The Cotswolds for the series.

Tapestries on tour

On tour

  • 27 June – 29 September 2013: Sunderland Museum
  • 24 October – 21 January 2014: Manchester Art Gallery
  • 14 February – 11 May 2014: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
  • 23 May – 10 August 2014: Walker Art Gallery
  • 23 August – 7 December 2014: Temple Newsam House, Leeds

The Vanity of Small Differences, which to date has only been displayed at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London, will open at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Garden on 27 June, as part of the Festival of the North East. It is particularly apt that the works begin their public tour in Sunderland; the setting for which Perry took inspiration for his first two tapestries, The Adoration of the Cage Fighters and The Agony in the Car Park.

Can't get to Sunderland? Perry’s own edition of The Vanity of Small Differences will go on display as part of the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2013, which opens on 10 June.

App available now

The Arts Council Collection has launched an app with commentary from the artist, art historical references and a guide to the making of the works. This is Perry’s first app and will give users the chance to see the tapestries up close with detailed zoom facility – download from the App Store.

Back to top