Manchester Art Gallery Presents Grayson Perry Visual Dialogues

Manchester Art Gallery presents Grayson Perry: Visual Dialogues, on view now through Sunday 12 February 2012.

This display features the gallery’s two recently purchased artworks by Grayson Perry: a large ceramic vase Jane Austen in E17 and one of his first major etchings, Print for a Politician.

Co-curated by The Creative Consultants, a group of young people aged 15-18, and artist Jim Medway, the display uses film, text and unusual objects to make links between these exciting contemporary artworks and rarely seen examples of historic costume, prints and ceramics from our collections.

You’ll discover a collage of miscellaneous objects, such as a punk jacket, a regency dress, Tetley tea folk and Worcester porcelain, in addition to the works by Grayson Perry.

These eclectic objects have been chosen by our Creative Consultants to encourage exploration of themes in Grayson Perry’s works including class politics and identity, art and craft, appearance and reality, old and new and labels and text.

The young people hope the display and these unusual items will inspire you to make your own connections, start new conversations and raise new questions about the artworks by Grayson Perry.

Sponsor information

Visual Dialogues is a partnership programme managed by Tate Britain working with regional museums and galleries. The programme is jointly funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Children, Schools and Families as part of the Strategic Commissioning Programme for Museum and Gallery Education.

The purchases of the vase Jane Austen in E17 and print Print for a Politician have been made thanks to generous support from The Goldstone and Livingstone Family Trusts, in memory of their parents’ friendship, together with funding from the Art Fund and support from the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund.

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