Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

Hereford Museum and Art Gallery - 9 October to 18 December 2021

  • Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Adults £5, students with ID and under 18s free

The exhibition of six large scale tapestries by the Turner-Prize winning artist, Grayson Perry, explores the British fascination with taste and class.

Grayson Perry tapestry The Agony in the Car Park

The Agony in the Car Park - Grayson Perry. See credits below.

The Vanity of Small Differences tells the story of class mobility and the influence social class has on our aesthetic taste. Inspired by William Hogarth's A Rake's Progress the six tapestries, measuring 2m x 4m each, chart the 'class journey' made by young Tim Rakewell. They include many of the characters, incidents and objects Grayson Perry encountered on journeys through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and The Cotswolds for the television series 'All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry'.

This film was re-edited last year and has Grayson speaking directly about the works and his inspiration.

Find out more about the exhibition and view more tapestries on the Arts Council Collection website

Learning materials that come with the tour

Education pack

Key Stage 2 education pack (pdf) for both school and home learners.

Paper Toys: Alex from Fold Up Toys

The artist, Alex Josephine Gwynne, was commissioned to create some paper toys based on the figures in the tapestries. There are six figures and one blank figure for people to draw themselves. These can be downloaded and made at home or made or in the gallery. You just need the template, scissors and washable glue.

Herefordshire Gets Creative showcases the work of Herefordshire groups and individuals responding to Grayson Perry's art, and is also showing alongside the main exhibition.

Image credits and exhibition sponsors: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London and British Council. Gift of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery with the support of Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation with additional support from Alix Partners.