The waiting was over in York, where people's potter Grayson Perry visited the Yorkshire Museum for a teddy bear-festooned Museums at Night
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.
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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.
- Visit One and Another's live blog from the event for more.
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Hundreds of events take place for Museums at Night between May 15-17 2014. Visit museumsatnight.org.uk and follow the festival on Twitter@MuseumsAtNight.
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