Friday, 12 February 2016

The Grayson Perry Tapestries at the Victoria Art Gallery

Yesterday was one of the brightest days we've had for a long time. Blue skies and cool temperatures are so exhilarating, perfect for a visit to Bath to have a look at the Grayson Perry tapestries 'The Vanity of Small Differences' at the Victoria Art Gallery.
On the way from the station, Deb and I got waylaid by a few clothes shops, but after lunch, we headed for the exhibition:
 It wasn't possible to take photos of the tapestries, so I took photos of the book that accompanies the exhibition, seen above, and the poster seen below.
 The six tapestries chart the the 'class journey' made by Tim Rakewell and include many of the characters, incidents and objects Grayson Perry encountered on journeys through Tunbridge Wells, Sunderland and the Cotswolds for the TV series 'The Vanity of Small Differences'. There are lunchtime talks every Thursday at 12.30pm, I missed the one yesterday because I hadn't looked on the website beforehand. The tapestries are haunting, very bright and disturbing, they somehow 'filled me up', but now I'd like to have another look at them.
 In the small gallery by the reception area and shop, there's an exhibition of 52 views of Bath painted by Philip Bouchard. One for every week of the year, and also useful for creating playing cards which can just be seen in the cabinet below the painting above.
 Above is a great view of Pulteney Bridge and the Victoria Art Gallery.
And here's a view of the blue sky, we haven't seen many of those this winter:

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