Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Saturday 9th April - Sunday 5th June 2022


Grayson Perry’s series of large colourful tapestries depicting the life of fictional Sunderland born character Tim Rakewell returns to the city for the tenth anniversary of the work.

Follow Tim’s story through the British class system from working-class roots through to computer software millionaire. Produced alongside the television series All in the Best Possible Taste the tapestries document a variety of British tastes and lifestyles.

Britishness is also the focus of Perry’s monumental tapestry ‘Comfort Blanket’, shown in the North East for the first time and described by the artist as ‘A portrait of Britain to wrap yourself up in, a giant banknote; things we love, and love to hate.’

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences is the sixth in Sunderland Culture’s series of Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme exhibitions and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.









Photos: Colin Davison
Contact: ︎ Jonathan.weston@sunderlandculture.org.uk