Recently we were treated to a sneak preview of the new Grayson Perry exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich.

Delayed due to… well, you know, it almost didn’t happen but was brought back by popular demand (hooray!). Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years is an amazing collection of the very earliest works of GP, who is now a household name and basically a National Treasure thanks to his television appearances such as Grayson’s Art Club on Channel 4.

Open to the public now (booking required – it’s selling out fast), this is an amazing and sizeable collection of (largely ceramic) work, and a wonderful opportunity to see an artist really learning and perfecting his craft.
That said, the pieces on display are absolutely incredible, and despite their often difficult themes (this isn’t an exhibition for children… or perhaps the easily offended), it’s actually right up my street.

This exhibition is the first time that Grayson’s earliest works (going back to when he was at college) have been displayed together. If you have followed him as an artist, you’ll perhaps recognise many recurring themes in these early works and it’s a privilege to witness his evolution as an artist and an individual. It’s very personal actually, like reading a diary.

If you don’t know much about Grayson but appreciate modern British art, it’s absolutely worth a look, as it’s a stunning and incredibly thought-provoking exhibition.

Interestingly, hailing from Essex, you may also notice the regional influences in some of his works. This perhaps makes its display here in East Anglia more poignant.

Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years at Sainsbury Centre in Norwich is on NOW until 30 Jan 2022. Tickets £12/£11.

Notebooks and sketchbooks belonging to Grayson Perry. From the 'Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years' exhibition at the sainsbury Centre in Norwich.