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Grayson Perry at the Charleston Festival

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 04 June 2012

In a specially recorded edition of Start the Week Andrew Marr is at the Charleston Festival with Grayson Perry, Virginia Nicholson, Faramerz Dabhoiwala and Janice Galloway. As the home of Vanessa Bell, Virginia Nicholson's grandmother, Charleston was a by-word for sexual freedom and the Bohemian lifestyle. But Dabhoiwala insists that far from the 1920s being the time of real sexual revolution, that honour goes to the 18th century, the origin of our modern attitudes to sex. Janice Galloway brings the story up-to-date as she relives her adolescence in small town Scotland in the 1970s. And the celebrated potter Grayson Perry explores changing social attitudes in relation to taste: the choices people make in the things they buy and wear, and uses these details of modern life to create six tapestries, called 'The Vanity of Small Differences'.
Producer: Katy Hickman.


    Grayson Perry is the artist who won the Turner Prize in 2003.

    Channel 4's new three-part series 'All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry' starts on Tuesday 5 June at 10.00pm.

    An exhibition of the tapestries relating to these programmes, 'The Vanity of Small Differences', is at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London from 7 June - 11 August.

    Grayson Perry

    Virginia Nicholson is a writer and trustee of Charleston.

    Virginia Nicholson

    Faramerz Dabhoiwala is the Senior Fellow in History at Exeter College, Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

    'The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution' is published by Allen Lane.

    Faramerz Dabhoiwala

    Janice Galloway is a writer.

    'All Made Up' was published by Granta Books last year.

    Janice Galloway
  • Andrew Marr and guests

    Andrew Marr and guests

    Photograph by Axel Hesslenberg © The Charleston Trust

  • Start The Week recording

    Start The Week recording

    Photograph by Axel Hesslenberg © The Charleston Trust

  • Charleston


    Photograph by Axel Hesslenberg © The Charleston Trust

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