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Rare Grayson Perry tapestry on show to public

Perry's tapestry is created in the style of a map with the Great Eye in the Centre. Photo: ITV West Country

There's a rare opportunity to see a vibrant tapestry by artist Grayson Perry, on display at the National Trust's Castle Drogo in Devon.

The piece of art was created for his popular Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman exhibition at The British Museum.

Hand-drawn by Grayson Perry, the Map of Truth and Beliefs was created using modern methods. Credit: ITV West Country

The 15ft wide Map of Truths and Beliefs, created by Perry in 2011, is part of a new exhibition at the castle.

Perry's tapestry, created in the style of a map with the Great Eye in the Centre, is a colourful depiction of the clash of everyday and spiritual pilgrimages.

Perry's tapestry will be hung alongside a French masterpiece, the 300 year old Char de Triomphe. Credit: ITV West Country

There's plenty of symbolism for the viewer to pick out from the tapestry - including religious, secular and historical pilgrimage sites from across the world, from Stonehenge to Graceland or Medina to Everest.

Perry originally created the tapestry for his exhibition The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at The British Museum in 2011. Credit: ITV West Country

Grayson's hand drawn design for the tapestry was digitised, coloured by a digital mediator in Madrid, then sent to a specialist loom in Belgium. Perry then oversaw the yarn colours to ensure the correct shade, before the modern loom produced the 15ft tapestry in under a day.

Castle Drogo say they're honoured to have the artwork in their exhibition.

We are delighted to have this opportunity to stimulate discussion about the medium of tapestry and how contemporary art allows us to see historic objects with new eyes.

– Bryher Mason, House and Collections Manager
The tapestry will be on show at Castle Drogo until the end of October 2016. Credit: ITV West Country

Visitors can see the tapestry on display from Monday 7 March until Sunday 30 October at Castle Drogo.