Sunderland says ‘Goodbye to Grayson’

Jo Cunningham, manager of Sunderland Museum, put on a blonde wig and Dared to be Clare (artist Grayson Perry's alter ego) for the last weekend of the exhibition featuring Grayson perry's tapestries.
Jo Cunningham, manager of Sunderland Museum, put on a blonde wig and Dared to be Clare (artist Grayson Perry's alter ego) for the last weekend of the exhibition featuring Grayson perry's tapestries.
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A WEEKEND of events were held in Sunderland to say goodbye to a popular art exhibition.

The say ‘Goodbye to Grayson’ events were a final weekend of talks, tours, competitions and film showings linked to The Vanity of Small Differences exhibition by Grayson Perry at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.

A competition ‘Dress as Clare if you Dare’ was supposed to be held with people dressing up as Grayson’s alter ego Clare, but was cancelled through lack of entries.

Although visitors were not keen on walking to and from the museum dressed up, many joined in the fun by putting on wigs and costumes while they were there.

Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for public health, wellness and culture, Councillor John Kelly, said: “Over the past few months, this has proved to be a fantastic attraction for the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

“Throughout the summer, over a hundred thousand visitors have enjoyed the exhibition featuring Grayson’s tapestries and also the wide range of supporting activities, exhibitions and talks that have been arranged to help visitors get the most from their time here.”

Grayson Perry’s visit to Sunderland to explore working class taste in 2011 inspired the first two tapestries in the exhibition, which will now go on a national tour.