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Yorkshire Museum in Running to Host World Famous Artist's Work

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7:22am 18th January 2014
(Updated 5:46pm 18th January 2014)

A teddy bear called Alan Measles.

A large-scale game of hide and seek.

It's a combination that's got world-famous artist Grayson Perry thinking about York.

He's named the Yorkshire Museum as one of four possible places for his next exhibition - after York Museums Trust posed the idea of a giant game of teddy bear hide and seek, using bears already in their collection.

Grayson's own teddy bear, Alan Measles, has been described by the artist as "the God of his imaginary world" - and features in many of his works. So naturally, the Museum's suggestions struck a definite chord.

But it's up to the public to choose where Grayson Perry will appear. It's currently between Courtauld Gallery, the Freud Museum, the Museum of Soho, and York Museums Trust.

Gabby Lees, from the Museum, told Minster FM: "We're really excited about this. The other three museums are all in London, so we really need all of Yorkshire to back us and vote for us - so we can have this amazing artist in our museum."

If York Museums Trust top the list, Turner Prize-winning Perry will visit the Yorkshire Museum for a game of hide and seek with various bears from the collection - and he'll give a talk to the public.

It seems as though there's never been a better time to get interactive with bears. Another part of the campaign asks people to Tweet photos of themselves with their favourite bears - Tweeting @museumbear, with the same hashtag.

There could also be an opportunity for York College students to make a bear to meet Alan Measles.  

Voting starts from 11am on Tuesday 14th January - and closes at 5pm on Tuesday 28th January. To vote for the York Museums Trust, go to:




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