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Exhibition: Grayson Perry - The Vanity of Small Differences

17 July 2021 - 26 September 2021

Saturday 17 July 2021 - Sunday 26 September 2021
Open Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm & Sunday 10am - 4pm

Touchstones Rochdale
The Esplanade
Rochdale Town Centre
OL16 1AQ


61-year-old Perry is an English contemporary artist, writer and broadcaster widely known for his ceramic vases, tapestries, as well as his observations on the contemporary art scene; which have helped him make a statement in the world of art.

His latest exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale 'The Vanity of Small Differences' is part of a UK-wide tour.

The exhibit explores Perry’s fascination with taste and class, featuring six tapestries which focus on English class through the story of the life of Tim Rakewell.

The tapestries follow Tim Rakewell’s progression through modern British society from birth to death, comprised of characters, places and objects that Perry met on his travels through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and the Cotswolds.

Grayson Perry said: “The tapestries tell the story of class mobility, for I think nothing has as strong an influence on our aesthetic taste as the social class in which we grow up.

“I am interested in the politics of consumerism and the story of popular design but, for this project, I focus on the emotional investment we make in the things we choose to live with, wear, eat, read or drive.

“Class and taste run deep in our character – we care. This emotional charge is what draws me to a subject.”

The Vanity of Small Differences is jointly owned by the Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London and the British Council Collection. 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 Alix Partners.

Entry fee: Free

Contact: Touchstones Rochdale Main Reception
01706 924492

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