Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

3 October 2020 - 5 June 2022

The Vanity of Small Differences tells the story of class mobility and the influence social class has on our aesthetic taste. Inspired by William Hogarth's A Rake's Progress the six tapestries, measuring 2m x 4m each, 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 television series 'All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry'. The television programmes were first aired on Channel 4 in June 2012. In the series Perry goes 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 paintings.

Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre London and British Council. Gift of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery with the support of Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation with additional support from AlixPartners.

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The Exchange, Penzance
3 October 2020 - 2 January 2021

East Gallery, Norwich
16 April - 2 July 2021

Touchstones, Rochdale
17 July - 26 September 2021

Hereford Museum and Gallery
9 October - 18 December 2021

Dick Institute, Kilmarnock
13 January - 26 March 2022

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
9 April -5 June 2022


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Accompanying Publication

Featuring essays by journalist Suzanne Moore and Grayson Perry, alongside extensive commentary on each of the tapestries and their making, this book is an essential companion to one of the key contemporary art works of the last decade.
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Grayson Perry on The Vanity of Small Differences

Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry introduces some of the imagery and inspirations behind the episodic scenes which form his major work, The Vanity of Small Differences.

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