Grayson Perry art exhibition comes to Croome

Grayson Perry tapestry

Grayson Perry is one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists and Croome is looking forward to presenting the 'Vanity of Small Differences', a series of six colourful and thought provoking tapestries, which will be displayed for the first time in a historic setting at Croome, near Pershore from Saturday 9 July until Sunday 11 September.

The vivid tapestries, designed by Perry in 2012, chart the ‘class journey’ made by young Tim Rakewell, an imagined character inspired by William Hogarth's 18th century paintings ‘A Rake's Progress’.

“We’ve hung the six tapestries in three rooms inside Croome Court and we understand that this is the first time the works have been displayed in this context,” said Amy Forster-Smith, House and Visitor Experience Manager. “This is meaningful as tapestries in historic houses inspired Perry to use this medium for this artwork and we’re really excited to see them displayed here.”

The tapestries include many of the characters, incidents and objects Grayson Perry himself encountered on journeys through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and The Cotswolds charting Tim Rakewell’s life story in each tapestry.

The tapestries depict many of the eccentricities and peculiarities associated with life in the UK, from interior design to British cuisine, political protest and celebrity gossip. The composition of each tapestry also recalls early Renaissance religious paintings.

Displayed alongside the tapestries, is also a earthenware vase entitled ‘Spirit Jar’ which Perry created in 1994. On loan from the Arts Council England, it explores one of the artists ‘bugbears’ of ‘earnest inoffensive spirituality’.

The vivid tapestries, designed by Perry in 2012, chart the ‘class journey’ made by young Tim Rakewell, an imagined character inspired by William Hogarth's 18th century paintings ‘A Rake's Progress’.

“We’ve hung the six tapestries in three rooms inside Croome Court and we understand that this is the first time the works have been displayed in this context,” said Amy Forster-Smith, House and Visitor Experience Manager. “This is meaningful as tapestries in historic houses inspired Perry to use this medium for this artwork and we’re really excited to see them displayed here.”

The tapestries include many of the characters, incidents and objects Grayson Perry himself encountered on journeys through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and The Cotswolds charting Tim Rakewell’s life story in each tapestry.

The tapestries depict many of the eccentricities and peculiarities associated with life in the UK, from interior design to British cuisine, political protest and celebrity gossip. The composition of each tapestry also recalls early Renaissance religious paintings.

Displayed alongside the tapestries, is also a earthenware vase entitled ‘Spirit Jar’ which Perry created in 1994. On loan from the Arts Council England, it explores one of the artists ‘bugbears’ of ‘earnest inoffensive spirituality’.

Grayson Perry's 'Spirit Jar'
Visitor looking at Grayson Perry's 'Spirit Jar'


The free exhibition opens on Saturday 9 July until Sunday 11 September (normal admission applies to access the house) between 11am-4pm.

We will also be holding special ticketed lecture events throughout the course of the exhibition on:

Saturday 13 August
Wednesday 31 August

Friday 9 September

The ticket price of £10 includes a short lecture and open access to explore the ground floor and basement of the house and exhibition at your leisure. 

Doors open from 5.30pm to 8.30pm with lecture at 7pm.

To reserve your place please call 01905 371006 for further details.