4 December 2021 - 4 September 2022

Grayson's Art Club

During lockdown, Grayson Perry helped the nation find comfort and company through art in his TV series by Swan Films for Channel 4.

Art works chosen by Grayson Perry and guest celebrities during season two of the hit TV series, Grayson’s Art Club feature in this exhibition at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Each week on Zoom, Grayson and Philippa spoke to famous artists and creatives about how they were spending their time and invited them to respond creatively to lockdown. A different theme was explored each week – family, nature, food, dreams, work, and travel.

The public were also invited to share their artworks and over 17,000 entries were submitted throughout the series in a vast range of mediums – from paintings and photography, to ceramics and textiles.

To accompany the exhibition, a special episode of Grayson’s Art Club aired on Channel 4 on Friday 10 December. Catch up on All 4.

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Portrait of Grayson Perry by Becky Tyler

Explore the exhibition themes

Family

Never in our lifetime had family been thrown into sharper focus than during the pandemic. Art can help us explore who we miss, who we’re shaped by and who we truly belong with.

Nature

The more we felt cut off from nature during lockdown, the more we became aware of how much we’re in its power. Art is a great way of looking.

Food

I doubt we’ve ever given the subject of food as much thought as we gave it during lockdown. Art about food is so much more than a record of what we’ve eaten.

Dreams

Dreams seemed like a particularly relevant theme because we were all living in our imaginations during lockdown. Perhaps more vividly than in real life.

Work

Work is the part of our lives we’ve all been forced to re-evaluate over the past two years. Art about work can help us understand not just what we want to get from work, but what kind of work we think is important.

Travel

We’ve probably never yearned for travel more than we have over the past two years. Art about travel can give us so much more than a geographical change of scene. It can be a journey of the imagination, and take us anywhere we want to go.

Have you been inspired to get creative by Grayson’s Art Club?

We want to see your work!

If chosen, your submission may be displayed in our online gallery and on screens inside Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Submit your artwork

Your artwork

colourful handmade jars on a shelf

The Virus Jars

by Julie Cook

black and white sketches of women's faces

Wonderful Women

by Suzanne Creighton-Kelly

The Sea People

by Michael Hayter

colourful drawin of a photograph being taken

Keep Very Still Please!

by D.J. Bailey

painting of a robin

Mr Robin

by Vicky Stewart

a colourful stitched face

EasEy Does It

by Tanya Stanyer

child's drawing of a baby in a pram

Baby

by Audrey (age 6)

painting of a sunrise

Sunrise

by Lyndsay Wheble

drawing of a woman's face

A Lady's Eyes

by Philip Mole

photograph of an underpass

Tree of Life

by Rupert Martin

drawing of a bridge with hot air balloons

4 Icons of Bristol

by Victoria Clothier

child's drawing of a flower thrower

Flower Thrower

by Maya (age 7)

painting of a vase of sunflowers

Sunflowers

by Patrycja

a jacket potato sculpture made out of a leather jacket

Del Boy's Lunchbox

by Ruth Faulkner

colourful handmade jars on a shelf

The Virus Jars

black and white sketches of women's faces

Wonderful Women

The Sea People

colourful drawin of a photograph being taken

Keep Very Still Please!

painting of a robin

Mr Robin

a colourful stitched face

EasEy Does It

child's drawing of a baby in a pram

Baby

painting of a sunrise

Sunrise

drawing of a woman's face

A Lady's Eyes

photograph of an underpass

Tree of Life

drawing of a bridge with hot air balloons

4 Icons of Bristol

child's drawing of a flower thrower

Flower Thrower

painting of a vase of sunflowers

Sunflowers

a jacket potato sculpture made out of a leather jacket

Del Boy's Lunchbox