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.
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
Create a self-portrait map considering both the internal and external influences that combine to form your identity.View More
Create characters that represent different parts of your own personality.View More
Explore what gender is by finding the gender identity of an inanimate object.View More
Observe, perform, and commemorate the everyday with a commemorative souvenir.View More
Want to speak Grayson Perry’s 'ceramic language’? Listen as he explains the nuances of design embedded in his vases and pots.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reference: Perry, G., in Perry, G., Kent, R., & Baggini, J., Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career, exh. cat., MCA, Sydney, 2015