'The Vanity of Small Differences' by Grayson Perry attracts over 400,000 visitors!

1 August 2014


Exhibition dates: 23 August - 7 December 2014

We are delighted to announce that The Vanity of Small Differences, a series of six tapestries by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry, will be on display from August to December this year. Temple Newsam House will be the last UK touring venue in 2014 before the exhibition goes on an international tour supported by the British Council.

Temple Newsam House, Leeds, is one of the most celebrated historic houses in the country. This Tudor-Jacobean mansion is famous as the birthplace of Lord Darnley, infamous husband of Mary Queen of Scots; it has over forty restored rooms open to view. It is a stunning stately home, steeped in the rich history from its royal links to the lives of ordinary people who lived and worked on the Estate.

At Temple Newsam, historic wall hangings are an integral part of some of the stylistic features set out within over 40 rooms representing many periods and styles. On the ground floor of the House, the Terrace Room displays a pair of large tapestries that illustrate scenes from the story of Moses. Setting Grayson Perry’s six contemporary tapestries in this country house offers a unique context that will not apply anywhere else on the UK tour. The tapestries will hang in 6 adjoining rooms alongside fine art, furniture, wallpaper, ceramics and bed hangings from the 19th century. It is hoped that this will spark further debate about class and taste through time in British society.

The 2014 UK tour is supported by the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation. It opened at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, before continuing to Manchester City Art Gallery, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. So far over 400,000 people have visited the exhibition at theses venues.




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