Pop Up Common Room: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! (Tour & Picnic)

Grayson Perry, Installation view Serpentine

19 Jul 2017

10.45am to 2.45pm

- This event is open to UAL Postgraduate and PhD students, Alumni and UAL Postgraduate/Research Staff -
Join UAL Postgraduate Community on a summer visit to Serpentine Gallery to see UAL Chancellor Grayson Perry’s solo exhibition ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’
After an exclusively arranged, curators tour of the exhibition; those attending will be asked to bring along a packed lunch to make the most of an opportunity for a summer picnic in Hyde Park.  Here (weather depending), you will be given the chance to network with other postgraduate students and staff, and discuss your experiences and thoughts of the exhibition.
Event Summary:  
  • An exclusive tour of Grayson Perry’s solo exhibition
  • A sociable picnic in Hyde Park
  • Meet other postgraduate students from across UAL
  • Enjoy some sunny weather (hopefully)
To apply for a place:
Please email pgcommunity@arts.ac.uk with answers to the following questions:  
  • What are you studying at UAL and which college are you part of?
  • If you are a staff member, what is your job title and college base?
Deadline to apply for a place is: 12 noon Monday 3rd July 2017.
UAL PG Community are keen to ensure there is fair access to all courses/ colleges and good cross disciplinary networking opportunities.  Organisers will be in touch to advise if you have been allocated a place on Tuesday 4th July.
About Grayson Perry OBE:
Grayson Perry OBE, is one of the most astute commentators on contemporary society and culture, this major exhibition of new work at The Serpentine Gallery which he has titled ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’ looks to tackle one of Perry’s central concerns: how contemporary art can best address a diverse cross section of society.
Perry’s abiding interest in his audience informs his choice of universally human subjects. Working in a variety of traditional media such as ceramics, cast iron, bronze, printmaking and tapestry, Perry is best known for his ability to combine delicately crafted objects with scenes of contemporary life. His subject matter is drawn from his own childhood and life as a transvestite, as well as wider social issues ranging from class and politics to sex and religion.
Perry said: “I am in the communication business and I want to communicate to as wide an audience as possible. Nothing pleases me more than meeting someone at one of my exhibitions from what museum people call ‘a non-traditional background.’ The new works I am making all have ideas about popularity hovering around them. What kind of art do people like? What subjects? Why do people like going to art galleries these days? What is the relationship of traditional art to social media?”
Grayson Perry is the Chancellor at University of the Arts London.

Pop Up Common Rooms:
Exclusive to UAL's Postgraduate Community, Pop Up Common Room events assist in the community's aims for building platforms for skill sharing, networking, collaboration and investigating new communities of practice. Find out more about previous Pop Up Common Room events on the Postgraduate Community Blog.
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Image © 2017 Robert Glowacki - Grayson Perry, Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London.