– Highlights

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Exhibition

Primavera 2017

23 Aug - 19 Nov

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Exhibition

Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

– Learning Events

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Special Event

ARTBAR September 2017

29 Sep, 7.00pm, MCA

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Workshop

Art Safari

10 Oct, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Talk

Keynote lecture by Pipilotti Rist

05 Nov, 1.00pm, Level 6: Harbourside Room

– News from inside the MCA

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Laura Hindmarsh

Primavera 2017 artist Laura Hindmarsh shares six films ahead of her specially curated edition of Art + Film on Saturday 16 September. more

The Many Guises of Jenny Watson

We’ll take you through some of Watson’s many alter egos that are currently housed in our Level 3 Galleries. more

Fresh picks for Father's Day

Discover the gifts that will help you spoil your dad this Father’s Day. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

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Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

Learning Resources - Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career

Explore our free online resources created for teachers, students and learners of all ages.


For the Sydney International Art Series 2015-2016, the MCA presents Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career.

Perry is one of Britain’s best known artists, well known for his ceramic pots, tapestries, prints, and sculptures, and was a recipient of the Turner prize in 2003. Perry’s artworks reflect society past and present and take a closer look at everyday activity, “noticing things other people don’t notice” (Perry 2015).

On this page, you will find tools and strategies to engage with the artistic ideas presented in the exhibition.

View and download activities, an Encounter slideshow and other resources for use in the classroom or for self-guided learning. These activities can be done on their own or in combination and in any order.

You can also choose to follow one of our suggested class plans found at the bottom of this page. These resources could be used in conjunction with a visit to the exhibition but this is not necessary.

Let us know what you think of these resources in this quick survey.

Portrait of Grayson Perry seated in his studio by Kate Peters

Grayson Perry Portrait  2014
Photograph: © Kate Peters


Encounter Grayson Perry

Encounter the artist Grayson Perry and explore works from his MCA exhibition Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career in a slideshow with images and class discussion ideas. View the Encounter directly in the browser or download the PowerPoint or PDF versions. Teachers’ notes are also available.


This sense of ease people have around traditional seeming artefacts like pots has contributed to, even inspired, a central campaign in my career, to make challenging art accessible to a wide audience.

Grayson Perry in Perry, G., Kent, R., & Baggini, J., 'Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career', exh. cat., MCA, Sydney, 2015

Go Map Yourself!

Create a self-portrait map considering both the internal and external influences that combine to form your identity.

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A Shrine of One’s Own

Create a shrine dedicated to an everyday place.

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Split (Your) Personality

Create characters that represent different parts of your own personality.

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Faking History

Look at the aesthetics of history and convert an object from today into a historical object!

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The Female Water Bottle

Explore what gender is by finding the gender identity of an inanimate object.

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Stop, Commemorate & Listen!

Observe, perform, and commemorate the everyday with a commemorative souvenir.

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Buy This!

Turn an everyday object into art, explore its value and try to sell it!

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Grayson Perry studio profile, 2015

Hear Grayson Perry talk about several works in the exhibition:


Grayson Perry: the artist on 'ceramic language’

Want to speak Grayson Perry’s 'ceramic language’? Listen as he explains the nuances of design embedded in his vases and pots.



Grayson Perry: the artist on pots as sculpture

What makes a vase different to a pot? What makes a pot different to a sculpture? Grayson Perry talks about the 3D objects he makes, including the idea of decorativeness as a provocation.

Class Plans

GENDER AND IDENTITY (STAGES 3 – 6)

Grayson Perry is interested in how we form our identity and tastes. Many of his works comment on the role our surroundings play in defining who we are. Explore how gender and identity are “co-created” by society and the people around us.

  • Go through the Encounter as a class and investigate some of Grayson Perry’s key works and ideas from the exhibition Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career.
  • Take a look at who you are by dividing yourself into different characters in the Split Your Personality activity.
  • Explore ideas of gender – what it is and how it is used to define ourselves in the The Female Water Bottle activity.
  • Create a self-portrait in the form of map in the activity Go Map Yourself.

TAKE A LOOK AROUND YOU (STAGES 4 – 6)

Grayson Perry says his job as an artist “is to notice things that other people don’t notice” (Perry 2015). Perry takes inspiration from the “exoticism of the everyday” and portrays the rhythms and events of everyday society in his works. Take a closer look at the world around you as inspiration for creating art.

  • Go through the Encounter as a class and investigate some of Grayson Perry’s key works and ideas from the exhibition Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career.
  • Make a pilgrimage to an everyday place – gather souvenirs and create a shrine in the activity A Shrine of One’s Own.
  • Put on your social anthropologist’s hat and explore the workings of society in the Stop, Commemorate, & Listen activity.

WHAT DOES ART LOOK LIKE? (STAGES 5 – 6)

How do we know when something is art? Grayson Perry explores this idea in his Reith Lecture series for the BBC in 2013, Playing to the Gallery. Examine the roles of aesthetics, authenticity, skill, context and value in art.

  • Go through the Encounter as a class and investigate some of Grayson Perry’s key works and ideas from the exhibition Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career.
  • Explore what history looks like by investigating and perpetuating aesthetic stereotypes in the Faking History activity.
  • Turn an everyday object into a valuable artwork in the Buy This activity.




Reference: Perry, G., in Perry, G., Kent, R., & Baggini, J., Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career, exh. cat., MCA, Sydney, 2015

Grayson Perry Britain is Best hand embroidery 2014

Grayson Perry
Britain is Best  2014
hand embroidery; silk, glass beads, sequins, cotton thread
Edition of 20 plus 4 AP
Published by Paragon Press
Collection the Artist
Image courtesy Paragon Press and Victoria Miro, London © Grayson Perry

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learning@mca.com.au