22 March – 11 May 2014
Portraits from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
A selection of paintings by members of The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, which takes the theme of ‘family; familiar’ as the starting point for a specially curated exhibition. Featuring self-portraits and portraits of the artists’ family members, as well as portraits of people who have played an important role in the development of their careers by inspiring, supporting and facilitating their creativity. This exhibition will be an intimate collection of portraiture, depicting the hidden views and hidden stories in the life of the artists and the people that surround them.
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters was founded in 1892 to encourage the appreciation, study and practice of the art of portraiture. The exhibition was organised jointly with the Society.
Credit: Portrait of my Father, 2012, by Andrew James, Oil on Canvas, 48x36/122x91
17 May – 6 July 2014
The Walthamstow Tapestry
The Walthamstow Tapestry explores the emotional resonance of brand names in our lives. Charting man's passage from birth to death, the tapestry is peppered with leading brands encountered along the way. Stripped of their logos and thus much of their identity, the names run alongside - often incongruous - depictions of people going about their everyday lives: walking the dog, nursing children, skateboarding, hoovering, and, of course, shopping. Inspired by antique batik fabrics from Malaysia as well as eastern European folk art this vast work provides a colourful, rich and complex visual journey across our contemporary landscape. Grayson Perry won the Turner Prize in 2003 and in 2013 was invited by the BBC to deliver their flagship annual lecture series The Reith Lectures, entitled Playing to the Gallery, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, October – November 2013.
Grayson Perry, The Walthamstow Tapestry, 2009, Courtesy the Artist, Paragon Press and Victoria Miro, London, © Grayson Perry