Julie Cope’s Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry
Julie Cope is a fictional character created by Grayson Perry – an Essex every woman whose story he has told through two large scale tapestries and an extended ballad presented in the exhibition.
The tapestries illustrate the key events in the heroine’s journey from her birth during the Canvey Island floods of 1953 to her untimely death in a tragic accident on a Colchester street.
Rich in cultural and architectural details, the tapestries contain a social history of Essex and modern Britain that everyone can relate to.
The tapestries are shown alongside a graphic installation, and specially commissioned audio recording of The Ballad of Julie Cope, a 3000 word narrative written and read by Perry himself that illuminates Julie’s hopes and fears.