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Yorkshire Museum Wins Bid for Turner Artist's Teddy Bear Event

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7:16am 30th January 2014

The Yorkshire Museum has won a competition to welcome Turner prize winning artist Grayson Perry for a unique Museums at Night event in May 2014.

Grayson Perry is one of the world’s most famous potters. His teddy bear, Alan Measles, features in many of his works, with Grayson often describing him as the God of his imaginary world.

York Museums Trust put the idea of having a giant game of teddy bear hide and seek with bears in their collection to Grayson and putting the museum through to the shortlist of four museums. The York-based museum beat off competition from the Freud Museum, the Courtauld Gallery and the Museum of Sohoall in London.

Gaby Lees, assistant curator of art learning, said: "We are absolutely delighted that Grayson Perry is coming to the Yorkshire Museum. Our bear campaign really seemed to capture the imagination of people and we would like to thank everyone who voted for us. The results show that we had nearly 5,500 votes - the most any museum has ever got in the history of the Museums at Night competition."

"We will now work with Grayson to plan the fabulous teddy bear themed free event, which will take place in May."

It means Grayson Perry will visit the Yorkshire Museum on 15th May for a game of hide and seek with bears from the museum collections and give a talk for the public. Bears from YMT collections include a six foot taxidermy brown bear, a teddy bear from the First World War and ceramic bears from York Art Gallery.

A full programme of teddy bear events will be linked to the main event including a project with York College, inviting students to make a bear to meet Alan Measles.

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