Grayson Perry and the Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman

In October 2011, the artist Grayson Perry staged an exhibition at the British Museum. In a major departure for both artist and Museum, Grayson created a mysterious new civilisation – a civilisation built around Grayson himself. The exhibition consists of a mixture of objects Grayson has chosen from the British Museum’s collection and objects he has made himself. The show celebrates the many unknown craftsmen who have created the artefacts in the Museum, and explores the continuing religious power and significance which many of those objects possess.

Seneca Productions filmed Grayson from the inception of his project, producing a documentary that offered some uniquely intimate insights into an artist’s creative processes.

This programme was broadcast on BBC1 on 1st November 2011 as the launch episode of the new series of Imagine.

“Television at its best can take you to strange and fascinating places, and few places are stranger than inside the mind of Grayson Perry.” (The Times)

“Chronicling the two-year gestation of Grayson Perry’s most ambitious work, this delightful documentary follows the sculptor’s collaboration with the British Museum.” (The Guardian)

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