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Grayson Perry’s Modern Choristers
26th May 2013
 
 

It all began when one of the young probationers, Grace, spotted an advertisement asking people to send in photographs representing modern Britain. Grace instantly knew which photograph she wanted to send in – the one of herself and three older choristers outside King’s College, Cambridge. She posted off the photograph and thought nothing more about it. Suddenly, out of the blue, all the girls involved received an email. Here is Áine’s account of what followed:

“Before we got there, we were all pretty nervous, as we didn’t really know what it was going to be like; we had just got an email asking if we would like to take part in an art project for Grayson Perry’s National Portrait of Britain. We were told that we had to dress casually and it would be a photo shoot for a few hours, and

we were representing the ‘texting teens’, but that’s all we really knew.

We arrived at the place we were going to have the photo shoot, which strangely was a car park. There was a sectioned off area, with lots of camera equipment in and a little gazebo with lots of food and drink. We went over to it and we were told just to wait around till we were called. Grayson Perry, the director of this art project, eventually made an announcement and told us that we were going to be put in our places in little groups and then our feet were drawn around with chalk so that we knew where we were standing when it came to the final thing. Until this point we hadn’t realised that this wasn’t just a photo shoot but we were in fact being filmed by Channel 4 and that this was going to be part of his art documentary which is going to be shown next year.
 

 

We were called over to where we had to stand and all told how we had to act - I was told to look interested at what the RAC man next to me was doing, Libby and Abbie stood towards the back pretending to text and take ‘selfies’, and Grace stood nearer to the front, also texting. We were told to go away for a bit and get something to eat and we would be called back later.

We watched as everyone took their places for a while and then everyone was called back up to go into their places. There were a few final

adjustments but when everyone was in their places Grayson Perry made a few announcements. He told us that he was recreating the Derby Day, a portrait that appears in the National portrait Gallery, as is this art piece that he will eventually be recreating as a tapestry. We had to act in our places for about half an hour while we were filmed and lots of photos were taken and then we were told we could go. It was a very strange experience – being in a car park having our photos taken by a famous artist, and we all got a little bit burnt – but it was a nice day.

[Ed.: Watch this website for further updates on this story!]

 

 



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