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Grayson Perry: Provinicial Punk opens at Margate's Turner Contemporary, May 2015

Anyone who watched Grayson Perry’s Dream House on Channel 4 will be intrigued to see his new exhibition opening in Kent.

The fascinating Turner Prize-winning artist presented a documentary detailing the build of his large-scale artwork A House for Essex in the village of Wrabness. It is a shrine-like building dedicated to the life and times of a fictional ‘Essex girl’ called Julie, as imagined by Grayson who is himself from Essex.

It aired last Sunday night, which was very timely exposure for the artist ahead of his Provincial Punk exhibition opening at Margate’s Turner Contemporary gallery on Saturday, May 23.

Grayson Perry with his House for Essex Picture: Channel 4
Grayson Perry with his House for Essex Picture: Channel 4

More than 50 works by Grayson from 1981 until 2014 will be presented in Margate, including ceramics, tapestries, drawings, prints and films. The exhibition explores his subversive practice, from a young artist forging his own artistic language in 1980’s Britain to his status today as one of the most prominent commentators on contemporary culture.

He said: “I was a punk in the provincial sense. I was there in my bedroom with an old school shirt stencilling the word ‘hate’ onto it, looking out onto the lush turf of the north Essex countryside. Then, when I came to London, I was hanging out with people who were at the cutting edge of fashion. And yet I was making pottery… with a Shetland woolly jumper view of the world and that was funny.”

Sex and Drugs and Earthenware by Grayson Perry
Sex and Drugs and Earthenware by Grayson Perry

He added: “The idea of Provincial Punk is an oxymoron but it encapsulates creatively some sort of spirit in my work that still goes on to this day. It is a very creative force, a willingness to turn things over, to not accept the fashion and to have a bit of fun. It is a kind of teasing rebellion; it is not a violent revolution.”

HALF TERM FUNEasy Sunday: Pots and Pieces
Sunday, May 24 and bank holiday Monday, from 1pm to 4pm, drop-in
Create your own sculpture using reclaimed pieces of pottery in the style of Grayson Perry
Cost: £3.50 per child/ free for adults, under-threes and families living in CT9 postcode

Easy Holidays: Ceramic Worlds
Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28, from 1pm to 4pm, drop-in
Create a ceramic island inspired by Grayson Perry’s works with artist Lydia Hardwick
Cost: £3.50 per child/ free for adults, under-threes and families living in CT9 postcode

Easy Sunday: Print Punk
Sunday, May 31, from 1pm to 4pm, drop in
Construct your own brand like those in Grayson Perry’s Walthamstow Tapestry
Cost: £3.50 per child/ free for adults, under-threes and families living in CT9 postcode

Head of a Fallen Giant by Grayson Perry
Head of a Fallen Giant by Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry: Provincial Punk is at Margate's Turner Contemporary Gallery from Saturday, May 23 until Sunday, September 13. Admission is free. Turner Contemporary is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm and bank holiday Mondays. Visit www.turnercontemporary.org

Grayson Perry's Dream House is available to view on Channel 4: On Demand at www.channel4.com


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