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