Art and politics combine in this Brexit-themed programme (Channel4 9pm Tuesday 30th May) which follows Grayson Perry as he visits Boston in Lincolnshire – where the vote to Leave was a whopping 75% – and Hackney, where 78% wanted to remain in the EU.
He talks to people on both sides, and tries to understand their views and feelings before embarking on the creation of a piece of art based on their contributions. Or rather, two pieces – a pair of richly-decorated vases, one capturing the vision and hopes of the Brexit camp, and the other embodying the fears and disappointment of the Remainers.
Previous programmes have earned Perry BAFTA wins in 2013 and 2015 and nominations in the past two years. Can the divisions of Brexit produce another winner, as well as some unique pieces of ceramic art?
For additional background information see https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/mar/06/grayson-perry–depict-brexit-tribes-rival-leave-remain-vases
The vases will be displayed as part of Grayson Perry’s exhibition at the Serpentine gallery, starting 8 June. See http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/grayson-perry-most-popular-art-exhibition-ever