Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

Tuesday 18 May - Saturday 3 July 2021 | Free entry

We welcome you back to East GalleryNUA in this Arts Council Collection National Partner Programme Exhibition by Grayson Perry.

Perry’s large-scale tapestries were inspired by William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress and chart a “class journey” through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells, and The Cotswolds for the television series All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, first aired on Channel 4 in June 2012.

In the series, Perry “goes on safari” to gather inspiration for his artwork; weaving the characters he meets into a narrative, with an attention to the minutiae of contemporary taste every bit as acute as that in Hogarth’s 18th century paintings.

Each measuring 2m x 4m, the tapestries take on an art form traditionally associated with grand houses—depicting classical myths, historical and religious scenes, and epic battles.

They play with the idea of using this ancient allegorical art to elevate the commonplace dramas of modern British life. Politics, consumerism, history, and art history are bound up in the work, in both subject and medium.

The exhibition is the first at East GalleryNUA since March 2020 and is part of the Arts Council Collection National Partner Programme. 

East Gallery is a Covid-safe environment and will be operating in the following ways to limit risk:

  • Access to the gallery is now bookable online.

  • Access is limited to 6 visitors per 30 minutes (or 8 if with a school group).

  • All visitors to the gallery will be encouraged to sign-in to the government track and trace system using the QR code at the entrance, or confirm their booking details can be used for contact, should it be necessary.

  • All visitors will be encouraged to use the hand sanitizer provided upon arrival.

  • All visitors must wear a protective face covering, unless exempt.

  • Visitors should follow the one-way route around the exhibition, marked by chevron arrows on the floor.

  • Toilet facilities will be cleaned every hour.

  • No touching is allowed in the gallery. Books and cards are for sale and will be kept behind the desk to avoid cross-contamination.

Visit Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

We’d love to welcome you to our first exhibition since the 2020 Lockdown. 

Tuesday – Friday


East GalleryNUA
Cavendish House
St Andrews Street

East Gallery Accessibility

East Gallery is fully accessible for wheelchair users. Please come to the reception desk at your pre-booked time, and our Gallery Assistants will direct you to the level-access door, located on the opposite side of the building. If you have any other concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at before your arrival.

Moral Subjects

Moral Subjects

In parallel to Grayson Perry’s exhibition Vanity of Small Differences we will be launching our own exposition of images that capture the spirit of the Norwich and Norfolk community. Anyone can join!

Moral Subjects submissions officially open Wednesday 19th May.

How do I get involved?

Download the project brief below and send your responses to by Friday 28th May.

What happens next?

We will put all of the responses together in large composite digital collages and exhibit them in a virtual gallery space that you can access on our website.