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2024

Upcoming Exhibition | 10 July – 8 December 2024

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

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2024

Upcoming Exhibition | 10 July – 8 December 2024

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

Book your tickets here

Overview

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences opens at Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery this July–December 2024. For the first time, this exhibition brings the Turner-Prize-winning artist’s six large-scale tapestries to a building where William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress, the inspiration behind Perry’s tapestries, were purchased for and displayed.

Sir Grayson Perry CBE RA Hon FRIBA is an internationally celebrated chronicler of contemporary life, drawing us into intricately designed works of art with wit and nostalgia. In his work, Perry tackles subjects that are universally human: identity, gender, social status, sexuality and religion. Autobiographical references—to the artist’s childhood, his family, and his cross-dressing—can be read in tandem with questions about décor and decorum, class and taste, and the status of the artist versus that of the artisan. The exhibition invites viewers to consider their own connections with the tapestries’ vivid storytelling and rich, allegorical imagery.

Date

10 July – 8 December 2024
Members-exclusive preview on 10 July.
Fully open to the public on 11 July.

Venue

Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery
Ealing Green, London W5 5EQ

Tickets

Access with general admission

Enjoy free admission during the following times:

  • Unlimited access for Members at all times.
  • Sundays 10am–noon and First Thursdays 5–8pm for Ealing Borough residents.

Concessions available

How to book a group visit

The set of monumental tapestries offer a contemporary re-reading of William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress, a series of eight satirical paintings depicting a riches-to-rags tale of Tom Rakewell in 18th-century London. Hogarth’s original paintings were bought by Sir John Soane’s wife 222 years ago to be displayed at Pitzhanger. The Soanes subsequently moved with their art collections to Lincoln’s Inn Fields. However, Pitzhanger continues to display a full series of framed 18th century engravings of A Rake’s Progress in their original setting of the vibrant red walls of the Soane’s drawing room. Visitors to the exhibition will be in the unique position to be able to compare and contrast both intricately detailed morality tales in the home of Hogarth’s series.

Taking Hogarth’s famed series as a starting point, Perry’s tapestries depict a corresponding fable of class, taste and social mobility. Weaving the complex ‘class journey’ of the fictional protagonist, Tim Rakewell, the tapestries include many of the characters, incidents and objects Grayson Perry encountered on his journeys throughout Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and The Cotswolds for the BAFTA award-winning television series All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry.

Exhibition Events

Members’ Exclusive Preview & Celebration

Wednesday 10 July 2024, 11am–1pm and 2–4pm

Grayson Perry After Hours

Enjoy an exclusive uninterrupted viewing of the Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences Exhibition

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Press Coverage

  • 25 Jubilantly Joyful Things To Do In London In July 2024 – Secret London

The Vanity of Small Differences is jointly owned by the Arts Council Collection and the British Council Collection, gift of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, with the support of Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation with additional support from Alix Partners.

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+44 (0) 20 3985 8888, pitzhanger@pitzhanger.org.uk

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Upcoming Exhibition | 10 July – 8 December 2024

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

For the first time, this exhibition brings the Turner-Prize-winning artist’s tapestries to a building where William Hogarth’s ‘A Rake’s Progress’, the inspiration behind Perry’s tapestries, were purchased for and displayed.

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Contact Us

PITZHANGER MANOR & GALLERY
Ealing Green, London
W5 5EQ
Reception: 020 3985 8888
Venue Hire: 020 3994 0966
Office: 020 3994 0967
pitzhanger@pitzhanger.org.uk

Wednesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
First Thursday of the month: 10:00 - 20:00
Monday - Tuesday: Closed
Bank Holidays: 10:00 - 17:00

Last admissions one hour before closing

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