Artist invades galleries at the Grosvenor Museum

15 March 2019

An artist has added a variety of precious, awful and mundane objects into the galleries at the Grosvenor Museum, to suggest alternative interpretations of the museum’s collections and displays. 

The exhibition ‘David Ferry: The Invader’s Guide to the Museum (and other places)’ combines museum-wide ‘interventions’ with prints of the artist’s photomontages. The interventions include concrete garden monstrosities lurking amongst the Roman gravestones and the Edwardian bathroom being strewn with the Lycra clothing, bits of bicycle and the performance-enhancing accessories of the hard-core cycling fanatic. 

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member Communities and Wellbeing said:  “David Ferry usually works with photomontages, which he creates by sticking extra pictures into guides and ‘how to’ books on travel, history, gardening cooking and knitting. These joyfully surreal collages show an off-kilter Britain, through which Ferry explores the quirks of our national heritage. He’s used a similar method in the galleries at the museum, using objects instead of pictures. The surreally altered historic room settings in the Museum’s Period House will be particularly interesting to visitors, as they look so different to usual.”  

Events accompanying the exhibition include ‘Carry on with Cake’ on 3 April – a showing of ‘Carry on Henry’ with a short lecture on the importance of farce in British humour and a selection of cakes available from Ferry’s ‘Cakewalking’ images – and ‘Daphne in the Dark’ on 24 April – an atmospheric showing in a darkened museum of the Daphne du Maurier thriller Don’t Look Now, with a short lecture on Ferry’s residency in Venice.

David Ferry RE studied at Blackpool College of Technology and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. He has exhibited widely and his works are in many leading international museum collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He is the current President of The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), a Trustee of the Sidney Nolan Trust, Emeritus Professor of Printmaking and Book Arts at the Cardiff Metropolitan University, and Hon Doctor of Arts at the Southampton Solent University.

The exhibition runs until Sunday 2 June 2019. For more information on the full programme of adult and family events, visit Please be aware that some of the displays in the museum’s Period House now contain mildly adult themes that may be unsuitable for some young children. Admission to the Grosvenor Museum is free. 


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