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 ‘unapologetic fetishist’, Grayson Perry.
Julie Cope’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 Perry’s ‘Ballad of Julie Cope’ which retells in the artist’s own words of ‘the trials, tribulations, celebrations and mistakes of an average life’.
Set in the context of Dovecot Studios, one of the world’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. © Grayson Perry