Grayson Perry – Julie Cope’s Grand Tour

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  • Dovecot Studios - South Gallery
  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:30 Mon-Tues, Thurs-Sun. Opening Time: 10:00 - 19:00 Wed.
  • Suitability: 0+
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Dovecot Studios
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    Hearing not needed
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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


British artist, Turner Prize winner (2003) and self-styled unapologetic fetishist, Grayson Perry explores the life of an ordinary woman through the extraordinary medium of tapestry in his first-ever exhibition in Scotland. Shown at Dovecot Studios, a world-renowned tapestry studio founded in 1912, this exhibition brings tapestry right to the centre of the contemporary art world and pop culture.

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Lyn Emerson 66 days ago

Always fascinated by his work and now he is a wordsmith as well as pot-maker and weaver. Disappointed the merchandising didn't include a complete copy of the ballad or pictures of each tapestry. Interesting to observe and talk to an in-house weaver.

Wayne Howsen 68 days ago

This is a great exhibition. We are lucky enough to have stayed at the House for Essex. It is worth looking closely at every aspect of the exhibition and paying close attention to every detail so you come away really knowing about Julie’s life.

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The Times [paywall] (4/5 stars) 56 days ago

We’ve all met a woman like Julie Cope — intelligent, sparky, but late to education; a bit knocked about by life. In Grayson Perry’s touring exhibition from the Crafts Council, she’s an entirely relatable everywoman. This set of four large-scale tapestries is appropriately displayed — along with their accompanying audio,...

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The Student Newspaper 60 days ago

This is Grayson Perry’s first major solo exhibition in Scotland. The Julie Cope of the title is a fictional ‘every woman’ from Essex, and the exhibition explores the story of her life through four large tapestries.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 67 days ago

You couldn’t have a better contrast to Fabergé and what he stood for than Julie Cope’s Grand Tour by Grayson Perry at Dovecot. This is the story of a perfectly ordinary Essex girl told in a set of four tapestries, prints, accompanying narrative text and voice-over. The first tapestry shows...

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 76 days ago

Written on an arch, Julie Cope’s Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry, gives the sense of entering a house, secret garden or place of habitation. Julie, according to the artist who created her, Grayson Perry, is the Essex everywoman. Someone whose ordinarity he wishes to celebrate....

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The List (3/5 stars) 77 days ago

Impressive tapestries tell a story in the artist's trademark gaudy palette...

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