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Greenlit: Grayson Perry on Taste and Class, Channel 4

Grayson Perry on Taste and Class (3 x 60′) – Grayson Perry presents a documentary series exploring British taste. He will then use the experience as the inspiration for a major new work comprising a set of six tapestries that will tour nationwide. The series is a highly personal exploration of one of the trickiest and most socially fraught of topics: taste.

Each programme in the series explores the taste of a different social class, with episodes on:

    • Working Class Taste, Middle
    • Class Taste
    • Upper Class Taste

For each programme, Perry has immersed himself with each of what he calls the “taste tribes of Britain” for a fortnight in turn, experiencing the tastes and lifestyle of working-class people in Sunderland, the middle-classes in the Tunbridge Wells area, and the upper-class denizens of the stately homes and manor-houses of the Cotswolds.

In response to what he has discovered on his travels, Perry will create a landmark artwork, a series of six large (2m x 4m) tapestries – two for each programme – on the theme of British taste. When the tapestries are completed, all of the contributors Grayson has encountered on his journeys will be invited to a special preview exhibition to view the finished works. There, they will have the opportunity to debate with the artist himself how he has decided to represent their taste. These encounters will be filmed and will form the conclusion to each of the three programmes. The result will be a path-breaking collaboration between one of Britain’s most provocative and socially observant artists, the programme-makers, and the people of Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and the Cotswolds who have opened up their homes and their lives to him.

Channel: Channel 4

Producer: Seneca Productions

TX: 2012

Source: Channel 4 Press Office

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