Julie Cope's Grand Tour: The Story Of A Life By Grayson Perry

20 May 2017 – 16 Jul 2017

Event times

daily (see website for details)

Cost of entry

Admission Free

New Brewery Arts

Cirencester, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 51 Bus from Cheltenham and Swindon
  • Nearest Rail Station: Kemble, Glos

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A Crafts Council touring exhibition presenting an exciting new addition to its national collection of contemporary craft: a pair of tapestries by Grayson Perry, winner of the Turner Prize in 2003.


The tapestries are the only pair in a public collection and will have their first public showing at Collect: The International Art Fair forContemporary Objects from 2 – 6 February at the Saatchi Gallery, London. The tapestries will then be shown at New Brewery Arts as part of a national tour.

The Essex House Tapestries: the life of Julie Cope (2015) were made for ‘A House for Essex,’ designed by Grayson Perry and FAT Architecture, and well known through the Channel 4 programme ‘Grayson Perry’s Dream House.’ The house was conceived as a mausoleum to Julie Cope, a fictitious Essex ‘everywoman’, who was inspired by the people Perry grew up among.

The touring exhibition will consist of a diptych of the two tapestries, which tells Julie's story through Perry's recognisably vibrant and detail-orientated style. Alongside the tapestries will be a visualisation and specially commissioned audio recording of the Ballad of Julie Cope. The 3,000 word narrative, written and read by Perry himself, elaborates on the story of Julie’s life and is translatable to audiences across the country.

As the only chance to read and hear the ballad outside of the House for Essex, audiences will be able to explore ideas of regional identity, the effect of social history on the individual, and class mobility, through her journey.

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New Brewery Arts

New Brewery Arts

Exhibiting artists

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry


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