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Perry on Tap

Grayson Perry’s tapestries – chronicling the life story of a fictional Sunderland man – are back in the city.

Grayson Perry remains one of the most well-known, and best-loved, artists in the UK and his hugely popular series of six tapestries, The Vanity of Small Differences, is back in the region – at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens – and generating much excitement, all over again. The tapestries were created while Perry was filming the 2012 Channel 4 documentary ‘All in the Best Possible Taste’, and were inspired by William Hogarth’s moral series ‘A Rake’s Progress’, which followed Tom Rakewell, a young man who inherits a fortune, but fritters it away. In a similar vein, Perry’s tapestries follow the journey of Tim Rakewell as he journeys through the social strata of modern Britain, from a working-class boy to a computer software millionaire. GM

The Vanity of Small Differences, until 5 June, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. Free but booking advised: sunderlandculture.org.uk

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