Last chance to see Sunderland Grayson Perry tapestries

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TIME is running out for art lovers to see tapestries created by award-winning artist Grayson Perry.

A ‘Goodbye Grayson’ weekend is being lined up at Sunderland Winter Museum and Winter Gardens to mark the end of its popular exhibition.

More than 100,000 people have visited the venue since the Turner prize-winning artist unveiled his Sunderland tapestries at the end of June.

Perry had visited the city as part of a Channel 4 series exploring British taste and based the subject matter for his first two tapestries – The Adoration of the Cage Fighters and The Agony in the Car Park – on places and characters in the city.

The last day to see the tapestries is Sunday, September 29, before they tour the country.

Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for public health, wellness and culture, said: “It was an honour to have them displayed here first after London.

“The tapestries have proved incredibly popular.”

The August visitor figures are the highest since the museum reopened in 2001, and 15,000 more than August last year. A combined figure of 95,360 for July and August has now topped 100,000 with September’s figures.

Jo Cunningham, manager of Sunderland Museums, said: “We’ve had great feedback from Sunderland visitors, and people from across the region and the country have been here to see the tapestries.

“There’s not long to go now before we see them off, so we’re organising more tours and talks before the tapestries move on.”

Details of the ‘Goodbye Grayson’ weekend are being finalised and will be released next week.