An exhibition of works selected by artist Grayson Perry during Grayson’s Art Club, the popular Channel 4 TV series.
Manchester Art Gallery
Wednesday 25 November 2020–Sunday 31 October 2021
Free, booking essential
We are delighted that Grayson’s Art Club remains popular. Tickets for all dates until 31 October are now available here.
We look forward to welcoming you to the gallery.
This show is a crystallisation of the feelings and obsessions of artists from all over the country whether it is their first painting since primary school or they are world famous.
All the works on display are very personal visual representations of lockdown, made by the public, well-known artists and celebrities for Grayson’s Art Club. This celebration of creativity in people’s homes chronicled the changing moods of Britain in isolation, providing a unique record of this globally experienced extraordinary time.
Bringing the nation together through art
During lockdown, Grayson Perry, one of Britain’s foremost artists, brought the nation together through art, helping them to unleash their collective creativity as part of his Channel 4 TV series.
Every week, he hosted the show from his own studio – taking the country with him as he created his own new art works. Grayson and his wife Philippa talked to other famous artists and creatives about how they were spending their time in isolation and invited them to make their own works in response to this unprecedented crisis. Each week a different theme – portraits, animals, fantasy, view from my window, home, Britain – was explored.
A key element of the series was Grayson asking members of the public to send him their own artworks which they had been making at home, talking to them via video calls and choosing his favourite artworks. He received nearly 10,000 entries, an overwhelming response to his call out. The variety of entries – using canvas, paper, photography, sculpture and mixed media – showed the imagination, skill and creativity of the nation. These works, alongside those of Grayson Perry, Philippa Perry and the invited artists and celebrities, will be on show in the exhibition.
Many people sought solace in making art and expressed themselves with humour, pathos and imagination, encapsulating life
under lockdown. The programme clearly demonstrates the way people use art as an essential part of their lives. Art Club’s ethos chimes with that of Manchester Art Gallery, promoting art for the health of society and as an art school for everyone. This exhibition will help the Gallery rebuild itself after the devastation of the last months, whilst also playing a key part in the re-building of society post-Covid, bringing life and soul back into the city.
Alongside the public’s artworks, the exhibition will feature pieces by celebrities Jenny Eclair, Noel Fielding, Harry Hill, Jessica Hynes, Joe Lycett, Kevin McLeod, Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves), Liza Tarbuck, and artists Jeremy Deller, Antony Gormley, Maggi Hambling, Chantal Joffe, Martin Parr, Raqib Shaw, David Shrigley and the Singh Twins.
Exhibition supported by Channel 4, Swan Films and Art Fund
Accompanying the exhibition is an exciting range of specially designed merchandise. Grayson’s lockdown tea towel, which featured on Grayson’s Art Club, captures this moment in time in his signature style and will be available from the gallery shop alongside the exhibition catalogue. A wide range of exhibition products will be available both in the gallery shop and online.
Free entry, advance booking only. Tickets are available to book online for dates until 29 August.
At the current time we are unable to take group bookings or give guided tours of the exhibition.
Individuals can book up to 6 tickets through the booking system, so we suggest that if you want to come as a larger group you divide into smaller groups of 6 people and book time slots near to each other.
As a good introduction to the exhibition, you might like to watch the film of the curators tour below before or after you visit.
During the December lockdown, exhibition curators Natasha Howes and Fiona Corridan livestreamed a tour of the show via Zoom.
As part of Grayson’s Art Club, we’re launching our own Art Club, encouraging people from Manchester and beyond to make art with a Mancunian twist. There’ll be a monthly theme to prompt creativity and we’re asking people to upload pictures of their work to Instagram along with the hashtag #MAGartclub.
The #tagged works will be displayed on a screen in the exhibition and on our website too.
Want to get involved?
It could be a photograph, drawing, painting, collage, a collection of Mancunian things on a shelf, a Manchester infused recipe or show us what Manchester style looks like with a photo of your favourite outfit. It could be anything that you create which responds to the theme. Just post your work to Instagram and tag it with #MAGartclub.
Exhibition supported by Channel 4, Swan Films and Art Fund.
Fine Art Transport supported by Jayhawk Ltd
Manchester Art Gallery
Wednesday 25 November 2020–Sunday 18 April 2021