Grayson Perry saying goodbye to Sunderland

Grayson Perry with (left to right) Kat Adamson, Debra Ratcliff and Laura Gooch who featured in the Channel 4 series, 'All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry'.
Grayson Perry with (left to right) Kat Adamson, Debra Ratcliff and Laura Gooch who featured in the Channel 4 series, 'All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry'.
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ART fans have one last chance to bid farewell to Grayson Perry’s colourful tapestry exhibition.

A final weekend of talks, tours, competitions and film showings – called Goodbye to Grayson – takes place today and tomorrow, to say goodbye to The Vanity of Small Differences exhibition, at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

More adventurous visitors are encouraged to dress as Claire – Grayson’s alter ego – for a chance to win an exhibition-themed prize from the museum shop.

Coun John Kelly, responsible for public health, wellness and culture, said the tapestries have been a “fantastic attraction”.

“If you haven’t had the chance to go along yet, I would encourage you to make the effort this weekend and see the artworks before they start their national tour,” he said.

“Throughout the summer more than 100,000 visitors have enjoyed the exhibition, and the wide range of activities and talks that have been arranged to help visitors get the most from their time here.”

Grayson Perry visited Sunderland in 2011 to explore working-class taste, and found inspiration for the first two tapestries in the exhibition.

On his visit he met, among others, cage fighters, football fans, hairdressers, graduates, tattoo artists and singers who helped him understand the taste tribes of Sunderland.

The exhibition will go on a 
national tour after leaving Wearside.