DATE & TIME
Friday 30th June 2017
8:45 am – meeting at the Serpentine Gallery
9:00 am – tour of Grayson Perry show at Serpentine Gallery
9:30 am – walk from Serpentine Gallery to Sackler Gallery (5-10 min)
9:45 am – tour of the Arthur Jaffa exhibition
10:15 am – tea/coffee im the Magazine restaurant designed by Zaha Hadid
London W2 3XA
Discover with a curator the Serpentine Gallery’s latest exhibition.
Grayson Perry, CBE RA is an English artist. He works in a variety of mediums but is best known as a ceramicist. There is a dissonance between the conventional forms of his vessels and the depictions that adorn them. He uses imagery and text to chronicle social concerns, his own formative experiences and to tell the story of his alter ego, Claire. The tone of his narratives is psychologically complex and often caustic. Although he uses traditional methods to make his pots, he employs a range of techniques, such as embossing and photographic transfers, to create intricate, animated surfaces. There is a strong autobiographical element in his work.
In 2008 Perry was ranked number 32 in The Telegraph’s list of the « 100 most powerful people in British culture ». In 2012, Perry was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork – the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover – to celebrate the British cultural figures of his life.
Born on March 24, 1960 in Chelmsford, England, Perry graduated from Portsmouth Polytechnic with a BA in fine arts in 1982. After enrolling in an evening pottery course, he began to make his signature pots a year later. In 2003, Perry was the first ceramicist to win the Turner Prize. Currently living and working in London, England the potter, textile artist, sculptor, and printmaker, was awarded the title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2013.
The Serpentine is two exhibition spaces situated on either side of The Serpentine lake in London’s Kensington Gardens: the Serpentine Gallery and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.
Established in 1970, the Serpentine Gallery has presented pioneering exhibitions of 1,600 artists over 43 years, from the work of emerging practitioners to the most internationally recognised artists and architects of our time.
Each summer, the Serpentine commissions an architect who has not previously built in the UK to design a temporary Pavilion for the lawn in front of the Gallery. This annual architectural commission is a venue for the Gallery’s public programmes and a cafe.