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Art Exhibition, Thu 15 Nov 2018 - Sat 16 Feb 2019, £7.70

Grayson Perry at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Grayson Perry at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

A Perfect Match, Grayson Perry, 2015. Crafts Council Collection: 2016.18. Purchase supported by Art Fund (and The Wolfson Foundation) and a donation from Maylis and James Grand. Courtesy the Artist, Paragon Press and Victoria Miro, London.

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    Julie Cope's Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry
    Friday 9 November - Saturday 16 February 2019

    Julie Cope is a fictional character created by artist Grayson Perry – an Essex everywoman whose story he has told through the two tapestries and extended ballad presented in this Crafts Council touring exhibition. The Essex House Tapestries: The Life of Julie Cope (2015) illustrate the key events in the heroine’s journey from her birth during the Canvey Island floods of 1953 to her untimely death in a tragic accident on a Colchester street. Rich in cultural and architectural details, the tapestries contain a social history of Essex and modern Britain that everyone can relate to.

    The tapestries are shown alongside a graphic installation, and specially commissioned audio recording of The Ballad of Julie Cope, a 3000 word narrative written and read by Perry himself that illuminates Julie’s hopes and fears as she journeys through life.

    These artworks represent, in Perry’s words, ‘the trials, tribulations, celebrations and mistakes of an average life’. Historically, tapestries provided insulation for grand domestic interiors; Perry has juxtaposed its associations of status, wealth and heritage with the current concerns of class, social aspiration and taste. To write Julie’s biography, he looked to the English ballad and folktale tradition, narrating a life that conveys the beauty, vibrancy and contradictions of the ordinary individual.

    The exhibition is supported by the Crafts Council and Art Fund.

    Kindly sponsored by Rathbones

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Thu 15 Nov 2018 - Sat 16 Feb 2019

    Prices

    Adults £7.70 / £7.00 without Gift Aid
    6-16years by donation.
    Under 5s, students and Friends free.

    Facilities

    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Disabled accessDisabled access

    Picnic site nearby. Free admission to The Bakestone cafe at Abbot Hall.

    Events at this Venue

    date event
    Fri 7 Sep - Fri 25 Jan Crawl in the Hall
    Thu 15 Nov - Sat 2 Feb Alison Watt: A Shadow On The Blind
    Thu 15 Nov - Sat 16 Feb Grayson Perry: Julie Cope's Grand Tour
    Thu 15 Nov - Thu 28 Feb John Harden (1772-1847)
    Sat 12 Jan Fast and Focused Coaching 2019
    Fri 15 Feb - Sat 29 Jun Refuge: The Art of Belonging

    Address

    Abbot Hall,
    Kendal,
    Cumbria,
    LA9 5AL

    Directions

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    Map reference: SD 517921  Lat: 54.32298 Long: -2.74388

    From M6 jct 36 take A590 to Kendal. Come off dual-carriageway at Kendal south. Follow signs into town, Abbot Hall is well signed, next to Parish church.

    Just a short walk from Kendal Train Station. Swap onto the Lakes Line from Oxenholme and alight at Kendal.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Kendal station

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    Dining

    • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to restaurant / cafe
    • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp or lift to the toilets
    • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp to a specially adapted toilet for wheelchair users
    • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
      • YesVegetarian
      • YesVegan
    • YesBaby changing facilities
    • YesRestaurant / café well lit and suitable for people with sight impairments
    • YesHigh chairs for children
    • YesChildren's menu
    • YesAudible alarm system

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