Grayson’s Art Club exhibition to open at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery this winter

Grayson’s Art Club exhibition to open at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery this winter

Art works chosen by Grayson Perry and guest celebrities during season two of the popular Channel 4 series, Grayson’s Art Club will feature in an exhibition at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery this December.

02 August 2021

During lockdown, Grayson Perry, one of Britain’s most well-known artists helped the nation find comfort and company through art as part of his TV series by Swan Films for Channel 4.

The artworks created by the public, established artists, and celebrities are powerful and very personal responses to the pandemic and form a lasting artistic record of the unprecedented times the nation has experienced together.

Grayson Perry said: “I am honoured and delighted that the Grayson's Art Club exhibition will be held at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. I am especially pleased for all the artists who have contributed to Art Club that they will get to show their work in such a prestigious venue in a great city.”

Season two began airing in February and each week Grayson hosted the show from his studio with his wife, Philippa (and often their cat, Kevin).

Using video chat, Grayson spoke to famous artists and creatives about how they were spending their time and invited them to respond creatively to lockdown. Each week a different theme – family, nature, food, dreams, work, and travel - was explored.

Members of the public were also invited to share their own artworks and over 17,000 entries were submitted throughout the series in a vast range of mediums - from paintings and photography, to ceramics and textiles.

These works will feature in an exhibition exclusively at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery alongside pieces by Grayson and Philippa Perry and the guest celebrities and artists. Contributing celebrities include Alex Horne, Anneka Rice, Boy George, Derren Brown, Holly Walsh, Jane Seymour, Johnny Vegas, Lianne La Havas, Mawaan Rizwan and Russell Tovey. Guest artists include David Bailey, Yinka Ilori, Lucy Sparrow, Polly Morgan, Sir Frank Bowling and Chila Kumari Burman-Singh.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “It’s a privilege to have been chosen to host Grayson’s Art Club in Bristol and it promises to be a huge draw for residents and visitors to the city alike. In what has been a difficult 18 months for the culture sector, exhibitions like this can play a vital part in our recovery.

The series was an excellent example of using creativity for catharsis and I’m certain the exhibition will be as equally moving, funny, and inspiring as the TV show. As Bristol is one of Channel 4’s creative hubs, it is especially exciting to be partnering with them and Swan Films in the development of the display.”

Shaminder Nahal, commissioning editor at Channel 4, said: “Series two of Grayson’s Art Club captured so much of the rollercoaster of emotions we have all been feeling during the pandemic, and so many touching and memorable works of art were created by people from all over the country. I can’t wait to see their work on show at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, right in the heart of such a vibrant, exciting and creative city.”

Francesca Simmons, from Bristol, whose dance performance featured in episode five, said: “Bristol Museum & Art Gallery always puts on brilliant shows, so I'm really glad the exhibition is being shown here. There'll be something for everyone here. Can't wait!”

Grayson’s Art Club will open on Saturday 4 December at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and continue until summer 2022. Entry is ‘pay what you can’. An exciting events and community engagement programme will accompany the exhibition alongside a range of specially designed merchandise. More details will be announced in the coming months.

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