York wins competition to bring Grayson Perry to museum

York Press: Grayson Perry, who will come to York in May Grayson Perry, who will come to York in May

ONE of Britain’s most famous artists is coming to York - and those are the bear facts!

Turner Prize-winning potter Grayson Perry will be visiting the Yorkshire Museum in May, after it won a campaign spearheaded by the visitor attraction’s “Curator of Cuddles”, Padmin the Bear.

It has today been named as one of the winners of the Museums at Night Connect10 competition.

Museums and galleries from across the UK battled it out to secure an appearance from one of ten leading contemporary artists, with more than 60,000 people voting. The Yorkshire Museum was up against three London rivals to lure Grayson Perry.

Gaby Lees, the museum’s assistant curator of art learning, said: “We are absolutely delighted. Our bear campaign really seemed to capture people’s imagination and we would like to thank everybody who voted for us.

"The results show we had almost 5,500 votes, the most any museum has ever got in the history of the Museums at Night competition, and we will now work with Grayson to plan the teddy bear-themed free event in May.”

Nick Stockman, project manager for Museums at Night, said: “The response has been fantastic and the lengths the UK’s museums and galleries have gone to to attract votes has been astonishing.”

The Yorkshire Museum launched a huge online campaign for support and last week staff and Padmin visited The Press for the morning.

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12:24pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Trespar Zagenstuz says...

It would be rather good to see Grayson Perry ride around York on his unique motorbyke, with Berwick Kaler riding pillion, cuddling Alan Measles.....
It would be rather good to see Grayson Perry ride around York on his unique motorbyke, with Berwick Kaler riding pillion, cuddling Alan Measles..... Trespar Zagenstuz

12:36pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Good news! Looking forward to it :)
Good news! Looking forward to it :) Buzzz Light-year

1:03pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Blimp says...

Bloke - lady infiltrates museum party?

Brilliant, love it! More please.
Bloke - lady infiltrates museum party? Brilliant, love it! More please. Blimp

1:35pm Thu 30 Jan 14

YorkPatrol says...

Blimp wrote:
Bloke - lady infiltrates museum party? Brilliant, love it! More please.
Are you insane? Why do you always comment with "Brilliant, love it! More please"???
[quote][p][bold]Blimp[/bold] wrote: Bloke - lady infiltrates museum party? Brilliant, love it! More please.[/p][/quote]Are you insane? Why do you always comment with "Brilliant, love it! More please"??? YorkPatrol

3:45pm Thu 30 Jan 14

YorkShrimper says...

Blimp wrote:
Bloke - lady infiltrates museum party?

Brilliant, love it! More please.
Barmy lad impersonates madam perhaps?
[quote][p][bold]Blimp[/bold] wrote: Bloke - lady infiltrates museum party? Brilliant, love it! More please.[/p][/quote]Barmy lad impersonates madam perhaps? YorkShrimper

3:53pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

YorkPatrol wrote:
Blimp wrote: Bloke - lady infiltrates museum party? Brilliant, love it! More please.
Are you insane? Why do you always comment with "Brilliant, love it! More please"???
Because they're called "Blimp" ??
[quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blimp[/bold] wrote: Bloke - lady infiltrates museum party? Brilliant, love it! More please.[/p][/quote]Are you insane? Why do you always comment with "Brilliant, love it! More please"???[/p][/quote]Because they're called "Blimp" ?? Buzzz Light-year

6:03pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Daisy75 says...

Obviously Berwick Kaler was too much for him to turn down!
Obviously Berwick Kaler was too much for him to turn down! Daisy75

9:13am Fri 31 Jan 14

tonyfromitaly says...

Not sure about the Jimmy Saville hairstyle.
Not sure about the Jimmy Saville hairstyle. tonyfromitaly

9:46am Fri 31 Jan 14

Blimp says...

YorkShrimper wrote:
Blimp wrote: Bloke - lady infiltrates museum party? Brilliant, love it! More please.
Barmy lad impersonates madam perhaps?
We wish we'd thought of that!
[quote][p][bold]YorkShrimper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blimp[/bold] wrote: Bloke - lady infiltrates museum party? Brilliant, love it! More please.[/p][/quote]Barmy lad impersonates madam perhaps?[/p][/quote]We wish we'd thought of that! Blimp

8:30pm Fri 31 Jan 14

tonyfromitaly says...

Blimp wrote:
YorkShrimper wrote:
Blimp wrote: Bloke - lady infiltrates museum party? Brilliant, love it! More please.
Barmy lad impersonates madam perhaps?
We wish we'd thought of that!
Man could do with a York Crimper.............
.bring on Plaggy Terry
[quote][p][bold]Blimp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YorkShrimper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blimp[/bold] wrote: Bloke - lady infiltrates museum party? Brilliant, love it! More please.[/p][/quote]Barmy lad impersonates madam perhaps?[/p][/quote]We wish we'd thought of that![/p][/quote]Man could do with a York Crimper............. .bring on Plaggy Terry tonyfromitaly

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