Visitors to Abbot Hall Art Gallery have gone giddy for Grayson Perry’s tapestries.
Julie Cope’s Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry opened in November and runs until Saturday 16 February.
Exhibition sponsor Rathbones Kendal has continued its longstanding support for Abbot Hall to help bring the exhibition to Cumbria.
Rathbones Director Richard Dawson reflects on the exhibition and on the importance of supporting the arts locally:
“Congratulations to Abbot Hall and Lakeland Arts on another brilliant display. We’ve been pleased to support world-class exhibitions at Abbot Hall since 2011 – bringing the work of internationally recognised artists like Grayson Perry to the county is hugely important for our arts and cultural scene and we are proud to invest in our community this way.
“We’re big admirers of Grayson Perry’s profound and touching works, especially his outstanding documentary series Rites of Passage on Channel 4. This is the first time the Julie Cope tapestries have been exhibited outside House for Essex and it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to see the work of this Turner-award-winning artist locally. I really enjoyed hearing the artist’s own recording of The Ballad of Julie Cope and viewing the tapestries.
“Abbot Hall makes a major contribution to Kendal’s dynamism and vibrancy with one of the best programmes of exhibitions outside London. We also recently had the chance to tour the exciting new Windermere Jetty with Gordon Watson and the team at Lakeland Arts, which is an outstanding addition to the organisation’s offering.
“It’s such an exciting time for Lakeland Arts who are also adding over 30 new staff, with many in post already – we’re looking forward to seeing everything they have in store this year and beyond.
“It’s so important to us in all our sponsorships and community partnerships to help nurture and retain the new generation of talent locally. Lakeland Arts’ educational programme and engagement with schools, colleges and the wider community provides invaluable well-rounded education for young people, ensuring that the local community is engaged with the artwork available on their doorstep.
“This year at Rathbones Kendal we’re also proud sponsors of the Institute of Directors’ programme of educational and networking events, and we have contributed to the Brathay Trust’s Aspiring Leaders programme and supported Lancashire’s Haffner Orchestra.
“Our company has a long legacy of contributing to our community, especially in education and the arts. Rathbone Brothers sponsors the Rathbones Folio Prize every year to support literary talent, and locally we will support an event at Words by the Water on 15 March with John Simpson.
“Our investment managers across the country run ‘Your Money – Your Future’ Financial Awareness seminars for young people aged 16-25, to help promote financial literacy and empower them to make solid plans for the coming decade.
“I’d like to congratulate Lakeland Arts and Abbot Hall once more on bringing this outstanding exhibition to Kendal and we hope it continues to be a big success as it enters its final month.”
Julie Cope’s Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry involves two giant tapestries on display at Abbot Hall. Crafts Council acquired the tapestries with Art Fund support (with a contribution from The Wolfson Foundation).
Julie Cope is a fictional character created by Perry. She is an Essex everywoman whose story he has told through the two tapestries and extended ballad presented in this Crafts Council touring exhibition.
You can view the Grayson Perry tapestries at Abbot Hall until Saturday 16 February 2019.
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