Public vote needed for giant teddy bear game of hide and seek
Twitter campaign launched: follow @museumbear
Turner prize winning artist Grayson Perry could be on his way to York to take part in a night of teddy bear hide and seek at one of the city’s most popular museums.
The Yorkshire Museum (run by York Museums Trust) has been shortlisted by the BBC’s Culture24 to welcome the cross-dressing ceramicist for a unique Museums at Night event in May 2014.
However; the museum needs your votes to make sure the artist and his childhood teddy bear and muse, Alan Measles, comes to Yorkshire for the free event.
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 BBC Culture24, matches artists with heritage and arts venues for unique Museums at Night events that will take place throughout May 2014.
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.
The Connect10 competition will be open to members of the public to vote on the morning of Tuesday 14th January 2014 and will close at 5pm on Tuesday 28th January 2014.
To vote for the Yorkshire Museum project, go to: www.culture24.org.uk/places-to-go/museums-at-night/art461881-Connect10-Vote-Grayson-Perry
If the Trust can receive the most votes Grayson Perry will visit the Yorkshire Museum for a game of hide and seek with bears from the museum and give a talk for the general public.
The bears will be from the York Museums Trust collections and will include a six foot taxidermy brown bear, a teddy bear from the First World War and ceramic bears from York Art Gallery.
If the museum wins, a full programme of teddy bear events will be linked to the main event.
As a part of the campaign for Grayson Perry and Alan Measles, the Trust wants pictures of you with you favourite teddy bear. Send your pictures to @yorkiebear on Twitter.
Grayson Perry, winner of the 2003 Turner Prize, has had major solo exhibitions at The British Museum (2011), Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg (2008), 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2007), Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2006), Barbican Art Gallery, London (2002) and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2002).
Perry has also curated three exhibitions, most recently the critically acclaimed Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum, London (2011-2012) Unpopular Culture, de la Warr Pavilion (then touring) (2008) and The Charms of Lincolnshire, The Collection, Lincoln (2006). In 2012 Perry created a series of six new tapestries entitled The Vanity of Small Differences on display at Victoria Miro gallery. The making of these tapestries was chronicled in a 3-part documentary on Channel 4 exploring taste and class within the UK. All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry was broadcast in June 2012 and won a BAFTA for Best Specialist Factual Programme in 2013. In June 2013 Perry was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery at Leeds University is also shortlisted to bring a different artist to Yorkshire, renowned typographer and printer Mr Smith and his Letterpress Workshop.
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