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.
Explore the exhibition themes
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.
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.
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 seemed like a particularly relevant theme because we were all living in our imaginations during lockdown. Perhaps more vividly than in real life.
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.
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.
The Virus Jars
by Julie Cook
by Suzanne Creighton-Kelly
The Sea People
by Michael Hayter
Keep Very Still Please!
by D.J. Bailey
by Vicky Stewart
EasEy Does It
by Tanya Stanyer
by Audrey (age 6)
by Lyndsay Wheble
A Lady's Eyes
by Philip Mole
Tree of Life
by Rupert Martin
4 Icons of Bristol
by Victoria Clothier
by Maya (age 7)
Del Boy's Lunchbox
by Ruth Faulkner