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17 November 2020
Illustration students enjoyed a private viewing and tour of the Turner-Prize winning artist, Grayson Perry’s exhibition, ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’, at the Exchange Gallery in Penzance.
Led by Senior Lecturer, Linda Scott, the group of eight students were privileged to have the gallery to themselves as part of a programme to grant access to educational institutions when closed to the public. Programme Curator and Learning Lead for the gallery, Cat Gibbard, hosted the group, providing insights into the theme and Perry’s influence for the exhibition.
Illustration student, Hannah Buller said:
I was delighted to have the opportunity of being able to attend a gallery visit before the second lockdown. I am familiar with Grayson Perry's work and so was keen to have the chance of seeing it in person, and in a private viewing setting I felt it enabled me to fully immerse myself in the exhibition and take my time to carefully take in each piece of work.
The ‘Vanity of Small Difference’ shows six large scale tapestries, which were created alongside the Channel 4, Bafta-winning documentary series ‘All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry’ (2012), in which he visited three very different regions of England, exploring the taste of the different social groups he encountered.
Hannah added: “Through the colours and the topics addressed, I found Perry’s art to be vivid and engaging. I found myself observing the story of the protagonist and the general subject of the English class groups. As a result, it sparked off questions and observations of the consumerist habits, behaviours, and taste of each class."