200 Years of Design: Frances Hodgkins on display alongside work by Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry,  Mad Kid’s Bedroom Wall Pot

Grayson Perry, Mad Kid’s Bedroom Wall Pot

A vase by Grayson Perry was the highlight of a new display at Portsmouth Museum covering 200 years of design. 

It was the first time that work by the well-known potter, who graduated from Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1982, had been on show at the museum. 

The exhibition, called Rediscovery: the Decorative Arts in Portsmouth, also featured works from the museum's own collection, including some rarely on view or never shown in public before. It covered design in ceramics, furniture, textiles, decorative tiles, embroidery, sculpture, illustrations, glass and art, including some of the finest examples in Britain. 

Significant periods in British design were represented, including the Gothic Revival, the Arts and Crafts movement, the Bloomsbury Group and studio pottery. Artists, designers and craft-makers featured include Vanessa Bell, Dora Carrington, Hans Coper, William De Morgan, Christopher Dresser, Duncan Grant, Frances Hodgkins, Owen Jones, Bernard Leach, Wyndham Lewis, AWN Pugin and Lucie Rie. Influential British manufacturers also feature, including Maw and Co, Martin Brothers, Minton, Pilkington, Royal Doulton and Wedgwood. 

Cllr Linda Symes, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "This is a very impressive collection, and it will be wonderful to see these fine objects all in one place. And of course, it's great to have a work by Grayson Perry, who did his fine art degree in the city." 

The Grayson Perry vase, Mad Kid’s Bedroom Wall Pot, was on loan from the Crafts Council. The rest of the items will be on permanent display." — Portsmouth News


Portsmouth Museum: Decorative Arts Gallery
Rediscovery: the Decorative Arts in Portsmouth
— On display from 21 October 2017
— Admission Free