Grayson Perry’s A House for Essex opens its doors for short-break stays

June 3, 2015

The Turner Prize-winning artist’s latest project, a lavishly decorated folly-cum-artwork in north Essex, is now available for midweek and weekend breaks – but applications to stay are by ballot only

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A House for Essex: a stonking shrine to a fictional woman

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Artist Grayson Perry’s first building, a striking “secular chapel” filled with his artwork, opened today for holiday stays – but only for a limited period and by ballot. Perry has described the building, which stands alone among the rolling fields of rural north Essex, as the Taj Mahal on the river Stour because it tells the (fictional) story of a local woman, Julie, whose husband had the house built as a shrine on her death.

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