Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is the first Midlands venue to display The Vanity of Small Differences, a series of six tapestries by Grayson Perry.
The exhibition (free to enter) has just opened and runs until May 11. The works were created alongside the BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 series ‘All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry.’
Inspired by William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress, six large tapestries tell the story of class mobility made by the fictional Tim Rakewell and include many of the characters, incidents and objects that Grayson Perry encountered on his own journeys through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and the Cotswolds for the Channel 4 series.
In the television series Perry went “on a safari amongst the taste tribes of Britain”, to gather inspiration for his artwork, literally weaving the characters he meets into a narrative, with an attention to the minutiae of contemporary taste every bit as acute as that in Hogarth’s 18th century artworks.
Jill Constantine, Acting Head, Arts Council Collection, said: “The Vanity of Small Differences has attracted huge public interest and we’re delighted that the people of Birmingham will now have the opportunity to see these extraordinary tapestries for themselves”.
Entry to the exhibition is free of charge (activities and events may incur an additional charge) and open daily (Monday – Thursday 10.00am – 5.00pm, Friday 10.30am – 5.00pm, Sat & Sunday 10.00am – 5pm)
For more information visit the BMAG website
Watch the Turner Prize winning artist in the Channel 4 series on 4oD