Cross-dressing artist Grayson Perry could come to York for a Museums at Night event

York Press: Rania Zein-Elabdin with the Yorkshire Museum’s Padmin The Bear, and a brown bear from the taxidermy collection Rania Zein-Elabdin with the Yorkshire Museum’s Padmin The Bear, and a brown bear from the taxidermy collection

WORLD-renowned cross-dressing artist Grayson Perry could be on his way to York with his favourite teddy bear in tow if a city museum wins a bid to bring him here.

The Yorkshire Museum, run by York Museums Trust, has been shortlisted by the Culture24 to welcome the Turner prize-winning ceramicist for a unique Museums at Night event in May.

However, the museum needs public votes to ensure the artist and his childhood teddy bear and muse, Alan Measles, come to take part in a night of teddy bear hide and seek at the attraction.

Gaby Lees, assistant curator of arts and learning, said: “Grayson Perry is one of the world’s most famous potters. His teddy bear, Alan Measles, features in many of his works, with Grayson often describing him as the god of his imaginary world.

“We put the idea of having a giant game of teddy bear hide and seek with bears in our collection to Grayson and he liked it so much he named us in his shortlist of museums he may visit. We now need as many votes from the public as possible to make this happen.”

The Connect10 competition, organised by Culture24, matches artists with heritage and arts venues for unique Museums At Night events in May.

For Grayson to come to the Yorkshire Museum it must get more public votes than the other shortlisted museums – the Freud Museum, Courtauld Gallery and the Museum of Soho – all in London.

People can vote from Tuesday morning until 5pm on Tuesday, January 28 at www.culture24.org.uk/places-to-go/museums-at-night/art461881-Connect10-Vote-Grayson-Perry

If the Trust wins, Grayson Perry will visit the Yorkshire Museum for a game of hide and seek with bears from the museum collections, including a six-foot taxidermy brown bear, a teddy bear from the First World War and ceramic bears from York Art Gallery. He will also give a talk for the general public.

A full programme of teddy-bear events will also be linked to the main event.

As a part of the campaign, the Trust wants pictures of people with their favourite teddy bear. Send your pictures to @museumbear on Twitter.

Grayson Perry, winner of the 2003 Turner Prize, has had major solo exhibitions at international venues including The British Museum, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2002).

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9:38am Fri 10 Jan 14

The Grim Reaper says...

Who?
Who? The Grim Reaper
  • Score: 8

10:20am Fri 10 Jan 14

Platform9 says...

what a load of pretentious tosh!
what a load of pretentious tosh! Platform9
  • Score: 6

10:45am Fri 10 Jan 14

Stuart Jones says...

Cool!
Cool! Stuart Jones
  • Score: 3

11:37am Fri 10 Jan 14

Big Bad Wolf says...

How much would it be to stop him coming?
How much would it be to stop him coming? Big Bad Wolf
  • Score: 6

12:03pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Blimp says...

Bloke / lady invents mad pots?

Brilliant, love it! More please.
Bloke / lady invents mad pots? Brilliant, love it! More please. Blimp
  • Score: -10

12:45pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Great! Hope this happens!

What a coincidence that so many people round here aren't interested in the arts and that there's so much whining miserablism round here.
Great! Hope this happens! What a coincidence that so many people round here aren't interested in the arts and that there's so much whining miserablism round here. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: -12

1:02pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Big Bad Wolf says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
Great! Hope this happens!

What a coincidence that so many people round here aren't interested in the arts and that there's so much whining miserablism round here.
Hope you include yourself in that sweeping statement Buzz?
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: Great! Hope this happens! What a coincidence that so many people round here aren't interested in the arts and that there's so much whining miserablism round here.[/p][/quote]Hope you include yourself in that sweeping statement Buzz? Big Bad Wolf
  • Score: 5

1:04pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Blimp says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
Great! Hope this happens! What a coincidence that so many people round here aren't interested in the arts and that there's so much whining miserablism round here.
Hey Buzzz - get your frock ironed and your slap on, and we'll see you there!
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: Great! Hope this happens! What a coincidence that so many people round here aren't interested in the arts and that there's so much whining miserablism round here.[/p][/quote]Hey Buzzz - get your frock ironed and your slap on, and we'll see you there! Blimp
  • Score: 12

1:33pm Fri 10 Jan 14

YorkPatrol says...

Hows about he does'nt come - He looks like Jimmy Savile
Hows about he does'nt come - He looks like Jimmy Savile YorkPatrol
  • Score: -16

3:16pm Fri 10 Jan 14

civicduty says...

Dont normally contribute but this story requires some sort of contribution .Firstly ,Grayson Perry is not a world class artist in ceramics .Yes he won Turner, but that was 10 yrs ago and look at some of the so called art that can claim this title too .Secondly ,in my opinion ,the only reason he has credability in the art world is his personal character and mixing in the right circles,Certain people who create these pedestals like to be associated with others outside the norm .It is tosh and could well end up like the other tosh with cartoons by Vic Reeves in Museum Gdns .Another idiot who has never been told his work is not sooo good.
Dont normally contribute but this story requires some sort of contribution .Firstly ,Grayson Perry is not a world class artist in ceramics .Yes he won Turner, but that was 10 yrs ago and look at some of the so called art that can claim this title too .Secondly ,in my opinion ,the only reason he has credability in the art world is his personal character and mixing in the right circles,Certain people who create these pedestals like to be associated with others outside the norm .It is tosh and could well end up like the other tosh with cartoons by Vic Reeves in Museum Gdns .Another idiot who has never been told his work is not sooo good. civicduty
  • Score: -5

3:42pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Happytoliveinyork says...

Great news :-)
Great news :-) Happytoliveinyork
  • Score: 3

5:03pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Oyy you says...

YorkPatrol wrote:
Hows about he does'nt come - He looks like Jimmy Savile
Haha
[quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: Hows about he does'nt come - He looks like Jimmy Savile[/p][/quote]Haha Oyy you
  • Score: -5

5:50pm Fri 10 Jan 14

3.8liter says...

Tell him he needn't bother.
Tell him he needn't bother. 3.8liter
  • Score: -1

4:02am Sat 11 Jan 14

naburn says...

We have enough pretentious prats in York as it is thank you..
We have enough pretentious prats in York as it is thank you.. naburn
  • Score: 1

12:12am Sun 12 Jan 14

Guthred says...

civicduty wrote:
Dont normally contribute but this story requires some sort of contribution .Firstly ,Grayson Perry is not a world class artist in ceramics .Yes he won Turner, but that was 10 yrs ago and look at some of the so called art that can claim this title too .Secondly ,in my opinion ,the only reason he has credability in the art world is his personal character and mixing in the right circles,Certain people who create these pedestals like to be associated with others outside the norm .It is tosh and could well end up like the other tosh with cartoons by Vic Reeves in Museum Gdns .Another idiot who has never been told his work is not sooo good.
I agree, Henri Matisse pulled exactly the same stunt. Shocked to see his work exhibeted at the Tate Modern, BOUGHT USING TAXPAYERS MONEY.
[quote][p][bold]civicduty[/bold] wrote: Dont normally contribute but this story requires some sort of contribution .Firstly ,Grayson Perry is not a world class artist in ceramics .Yes he won Turner, but that was 10 yrs ago and look at some of the so called art that can claim this title too .Secondly ,in my opinion ,the only reason he has credability in the art world is his personal character and mixing in the right circles,Certain people who create these pedestals like to be associated with others outside the norm .It is tosh and could well end up like the other tosh with cartoons by Vic Reeves in Museum Gdns .Another idiot who has never been told his work is not sooo good.[/p][/quote]I agree, Henri Matisse pulled exactly the same stunt. Shocked to see his work exhibeted at the Tate Modern, BOUGHT USING TAXPAYERS MONEY. Guthred
  • Score: 0

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