Grayson Perry Heads To Lincoln For Major Show At The Collection

By Graham Spicer | 27 January 2006
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a photograph of a large ceramic vase with flower patterns, writing and pictures of people on it

Attracted to suffering 2, Grayson Perry. © the artist.

Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry is heading to Lincolnshire for his first show as both curator and exhibitor in an exhibition due to open at The Collection in Lincoln in February 2006.

The Charms of Lincolnshire runs from February 4 to May 7 2006 and Perry has spent the last two years selecting objects from the collections of Lincolnshire museums and creating his own works inspired by them. He has combined the new and old objects to create a unique display of contemporary art.

As well as his trademark ceramic work he has also used embroidery, photography and, for the first time, cast iron. A cast iron sculpture of a child’s coffin, called Angel of the South, forms a focal point.

“We are delighted with the show that Grayson has curated for us,” said Jill Iredale, Curator of Contemporary Visual Arts. “He has made beautiful new works that are intimately connected to the museum objects and created a haunting and powerful exhibition that I think visitors will absolutely love.”

a photograph of a ceramic hare with writing glazed into it

God please keep my children safe, Grayson Perry. © the artist.

Grayson Perry came to widespread attention after winning the Turner Prize for Contemporary Art in 2003 with his decorative pots exploring challenging social and personal themes including his experience as a transvestite.

For the new exhibition he has focused on the Victorian era and has tackled subjects ranging from death and childhood to folk art and hunting.

The Charms of Lincolnshire looks set to be a major draw for the museum, which opened in October 2005 after a £12 million investment. As well as fine, decorative and contemporary art The Collection features displays and archaeology from the Stone Age to the medieval era.

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