Julie Cope’s Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry
Dovecot presents the work of the ever-popular artist, celebrated Turner Prize winner, and self-styled â€˜unapologetic fetishistâ€™, Grayson Perry.
Julie Copeâ€™s Grand Tour comes to Edinburgh bringing the complete set of tapestries designed by Grayson Perry for A House for Essex. The exhibition explores the creation of the house, designed by Perry with FAT Architecture for Living Architecture, as a secular chapel dedicated to Julie Cope, a fictional every-woman. Juxtaposing large-scale tapestry and its associations of status, wealth and heritage with current concerns of class and social aspiration, there is also a rare opportunity to listen to Perryâ€™s â€˜Ballad of Julie Copeâ€™ which retells in the artistâ€™s own words of â€˜the trials, tribulations, celebrations and mistakes of an average lifeâ€™.
Set in the context of Dovecot Studios, one of the worldâ€™s leading tapestry studios, the exhibition offers the opportunity to explore both handwoven and machine-woven tapestries as well as the different crafts, skills, and techniques used to produce these extraordinary works of art.
A Crafts Council Touring Exhibition.
Dovecot Studios is a fully accessible venue. Please see our access page. for more information.
Image detail: In Its Familiarity, Golden, Grayson Perry, 2015. Crafts Council Collection: 2016.19. Purchase supported by Art Fund (with a contribution from The Wolfson Foundation) and a donation from Maylis and James Grand. Courtesy the Artist, Paragon Press, and Victoria Miro, London. Â© Grayson Perry