Grayson Perry and Alan Measles play hide and seek in York for Museums at Night

By Ben Miller | 14 May 2014

A Museums at Night highlight - a game of hide and seek at Yorkshire Museum with Grayson Perry and a couple of famous teddy bears

a photo of a man wearing a pink suit leaning on a motorbike
Grayson Perry© Adam Scourfield
Turner Prize winner, Reith Lecturer, Knighthood owner and people’s potter Grayson Perry’s visit to York owes much to a fellow famous figure beloved of visitors to the Yorkshire Museum.

Padmin the Bear – known as the museum’s Curator of Cuddles – proved a persuasive patron of the campaign to win the public ballot for a visit from the raucously colourful artist, whose immense popularity was reflected in a count of thousands to secure the victory.

The artist’s own 50-year-old teddy bear, Alan Measles, initially became the artist’s companion during his childhood in Essex. He appears to have had almost as much fun as his best mate during his exceptional career.

Measles was given his own blog, in which he was described as the god of Perry’s imaginary world, during the artist’s The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman exhibition at the British Museum, and accompanied him on tour on the back of a motorbike daubed in kaleidoscopic colours.

Perry will be discussing art, collections and teddy bears in an early evening talk, and Measles will be giving a welcoming speech, of course, as well as waving hello to your own bear, if you bring one.

Storytelling, stargazing, games of hide-and-seek, tomfoolery with toys, creativity with ceramics and bear-making out of old socks will complete the fun.

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Hundreds of events take place for Museums at Night between May 15-17 2014. Visit and follow the festival on Twitter@MuseumsAtNight.

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