We were delighted to be asked to collaborate with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich during lockdown in 2021 and the Grayson Perry Pre-therapy Years exhibition. We ran weekly workshops on Zoom with a group of women we were working with looking at Grayson’s early work. Each session a member of the group choose their favourite piece and we all talked about the ideas behind it. In this early work he addresses the themes of identity, gender, his home county of Essex and fetishism. We then made our own creations at home using activities created by Holly and Melanie. For instance, the piece in picture four was inspired by Grayson’s Four Seasons vase and the activity was to use collage and/or paint to make a four sided vessel that captured four sides of ourselves. While the concertina book in picture five was made in response to his work inspired by his home county.
Unfortunately, the exhibition was closed due to Covid 19 restrictions while we were running the project but luckily it was exhibited again later in the year and the group were invited to the private view and got to meet Grayson and talk to him about the work they had created.
We are also extremely proud to be the first community group to exhibit our work at the Sainsbury Centre as seen in pictures two and eight.
Huge thanks also to Comic Relief for supporting this project.