AN exhibition of works by one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists, will be on view at Croome Court this summer.

Grayson Perry is well known for his ceramic vases and cross-dressing.

The exhibition will include the first display of 'Vanity of Small Differences', a series of six colourful and thought- provoking tapestries, will be on show at Croome Court, near Upton.

Amy Forster- Smith, house and visitor experience manager said: "We are very proud to open this exhibition at Croome, we’ve been planning the display for quite some time and it’s a surreal moment to see the famous tapestries here at last.

“Grayson Perry is the leading contemporary artist in the UK and to have his work here is an honour.

“We’ve hung the six tapestries in three rooms inside Croome Court and we understand that this is the first time the works have been displayed in this context."

The tapestries, designed by Perry in 2012, chart the ‘class journey’ made by young Tim Rakewell, an imagined character inspired by William Hogarth's 18th century paintings ‘A Rake's Progress’.

The tapestries include much of what Perry encountered on journeys through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and The Cotswolds charting Tim Rakewell’s life story in each tapestry.

The exhibition runs from Saturday, July 9 until Sunday, September 11 from 11am to 4pm.

Ms Forster-Smith will also be hosting special open evenings for visits to Croome to see Perry’s works. Tickets are £10 and visitors will receive access to the house, a drink on arrival and enjoy a private viewing of the tapestries with a 45 minute lecture about Perry and the exhibition.

The lecture evenings are taking place on Friday 22 July, Tuesday 2 August, Saturday 13 August and Wednesday 31 August. Doors open from 5.30pm to 8.30pm with the lecture beginning at 7pm.