Grayson Perry has always been fascinated by taste - why people buy the things they do, wear the things they wear and what they are trying to say about themselves when they make those choices. In this three-part series, Perry goes on safari through the taste tribes of Britain, not just to observe our taste, but to tell us in an artwork what it means. In each episode, he'll embed himself with people from across our social spectrum - the working classes of Sunderland, the middle classes of Tunbridge Wells and the upper classes of the Cotswolds - in a bid to get to grips with our differing takes on taste.
|Episode 1: Working Class Taste
|MTV1, 20 December at 00.00
|Episode 2: Middle Class Taste
|MTV1, 21 December at 00.00
|Episode 3: Upper Class Taste
|MTV1, 22 December at 00.00
The series follows the entirety of Grayson's creative process. We first see the initial 'light-bulb' moments he has whilst on his research trip, then the sketches he makes in response to what he's experienced. Grayson then designs the tapestries, and they are manufactured in Belgium to his specifications.
... a beautifully stitched living portrait of a class, a city and an artist.
Alex Hardy, The Times
Finally, each programme ends with the people who Grayson has met on his documentary journey being invited to the unveiling of the completed tapestries, at a top London contemporary art gallery. The contributors have the opportunity to react to the artwork, and to debate with Grayson how he has chosen to reflect their taste.
Revealing the artist’s creative process from the very beginning as he engages with one of the most fascinating aspects of contemporary culture, this series shows the power of art to reflect who we are.