Grayson Perry proves unmissable in Museums at Night visit to Yorkshire Museum

By Culture24 Reporter | 16 May 2014

The waiting was over in York, where people's potter Grayson Perry visited the Yorkshire Museum for a teddy bear-festooned Museums at Night

A photo of an artist in a multicoloured dress standing outside a museum
Grayson Perry paid a hugely popular visit to York© Kippa Matthews
Were it not for the kaleidoscopic smock and vertiginous lime heels of his alter-ego, Claire, or the bears dotted around the Yorkshire Museum during the afternoon, you could be forgiven for missing Grayson Perry’s visit to York.

A photo of an artist in a multicoloured dress holding a couple of bears in a museum
Bear-faced selfies with the artist© twitter.com/0011jane
Swarmed by fans and autograph hunters, the real excuse for anyone not in attendance could have been the sell-out of all available tickets within two minutes of them going on sale.

Cutting the ceremonial ribbon to open the city’s Museums at Night event – won in a hard-fought competition decided by public vote – Perry fixated his programme upon Alan Measles, the teddy bear he considers too precious to leave to his own devices these days.

"Alan Measles is the first thing I'd save in a fire," admitted the artist. "After my daughter."

Once the decorations and bear picnic had finished, Perry stepped inside to answer questions. “I don’t hate the north that much,” he conceded, proving a charming, acerbic and anarchic raconteur.

Among other important matters, the CBE and Turner Prize winner discussed celebrity. The sense of royalty surrounding his visit, he said, was tolerable given his capacity for anonymity once his female alias – and her unmissable sense of style – were dispensed with.


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A photo of an artist in a multicoloured dress sitting inside a museum with a teddy bear
The artist won the Turner Prize in 2003© Kippa Matthews
A photo of an artist in a multicoloured dress standing outside a museum with a group
Tickets for the event were snapped up almost immediately
A photo of an artist in a multicoloured dress signing autographs at a table
The artist signed hundreds of autographs on the day
A photo of an artist in a multicoloured dress standing outside a stone museum
Yorkshire Museum won the event in the Connect10 competition
A photo of an artist in a multicoloured dress outside a museum
Fans got to meet and ask questions of Perry
A photo of an artist in a multicoloured dress signing autographs
Alan Measles, Perry's bear, accompanied the artist
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