First Look at Bristol Museum’s New Grayson Perry Art Exhibition


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A preview of Grayson’s Art Club’s highly anticipated exhibition at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has been unveiled.

Artwork chosen by Grayson Perry and guest celebrities during the second season of the popular Channel 4 series, Grayson’s Art Club, will be on display in the museum starting Saturday, December 4.

Spread over three floors, the show is a “vibrant and poignant chronicle” of lockdown and forms a “lasting artistic record” of the unique time the nation has lived together.

Staff unveil Danny Shannon’s The Covid Kids. Credit: Bristol City Council

In addition to three galleries to explore, the works are interspersed within the permanent collection to create a route through the museum.

Grayson Perry said: “The Bristol Museum & Art Gallery team have created a fitting tribute to the many touching and memorable works of art that have been created by people from across the country. I especially liked posting the fanzine I created in episode four on the gallery walls!

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “An exhibition of this magnitude would typically take at least 18 months to develop, but the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery team worked extremely hard to open in just six months.

“The role of art in our collective recovery has become more important than ever and the museum team will work with communities across the city to help people unleash their creativity.

“It has been a pleasure working with Grayson, Channel 4 and Swan Films on the development of the exhibition and I would like to especially thank our sponsors, the University of the West of England. We are delighted to be partnering once with them again. “

Create Escape by Banksy. Credit: Jon craig

Alongside Grayson and his wife Philippa, contributing artists and celebrities include Alex Horne, Anneka Rice, Banksy, Boy George, Chila Kumari Burman-Singh, David Bailey, Derren Brown, Sir Frank Bowling, Holly Walsh, Jane Seymour, Johnny Vegas, Lianne La Havas, Lucy Sparrow, Mawaan Rizwan, Polly Morgan, Russell Tovey, Sue Perkins, Tom Allen and Yinka Ilori.

Jon Finch, Head of Culture and Creative Industries at Bristol City Council, said: “Grayson’s Art Club is a real dose of comfort after the past two years. A highlight for me is Becky Tyler’s portrayal of Grayson who creates amazing works of art using eye tracking software.

Curator unpacking Synaptic Connections by Isabelle Ewing Credit: Bristol City Council

“I think visitors will enjoy tracking down the works in our permanent galleries. These interventions are sometimes fun, often stimulating and inspire visitors to see the museum in a new light.

“Banksy has been invited to contribute to the exhibition as an artist featured in the TV program. We are delighted that the Create Escape stencil is being presented to visitors to the museum.”

Triple Art Bypass by Lucy Sparrow. Credit: Bristol City Council

To accompany the exhibition, a special episode of Grayson’s Art Club will air on Channel 4 on Friday December 10 at 8 p.m.

In the program, Grayson goes behind the scenes of the museum as he oversees the creation of the exhibit and visits some of his most beloved contributors back home. He and Philippa then unveil the exhibit to some of the participating artists, members of the public, and some of his famous Art Club guests, including Boy George and Johnny Vegas.

Channel 4 Editor-in-Chief Shaminder Nahal added: “It has been a pleasure working with the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery to present Grayson’s Art Club’s latest exhibition in the city with which we already have such a strong bond.

“I can’t wait to see the works of art on display in the dramatic spaces and nooks and crannies of this atmospheric and historical museum.

“I am sure it will be a joyful and entertaining spectacle, and a poignant and powerful account of the times we have been through together as a nation.”

Without Us there is no Great Britain by Chila Kumari Burman-Singh. Credit: Bristol City Council

James Lee, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education at UWE Bristol, said: “As a university, we have forged close ties with the city’s arts and cultural institutions. as part of our City Campus.

“This fascinating exhibit complements our strong presence in the heart of the city in the neighboring regions of Arnolfini, Watershed and Spike Island.”

Grayson’s Art Club opens on Saturday December 4 at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and runs until September 4, 2022.

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