Wrabness: Award-winning artist Grayson Perry unveils new community shop

Artist and Turner prize winner Grayson Perry officially opened the new Wrabness Community Shop on Sa

Artist and Turner prize winner Grayson Perry officially opened the new Wrabness Community Shop on Saturday 12th October. - Credit: Archant

Award-winning artist Grayson Perry was the guest of honour when relaunching a community shop on Saturday.

The acclaimed Turner Prize winner cut the ceremonial ribbon as Wrabness Community Shop held a launch party following three months of renovation work.

The community shop moved from the old site in Station Road to the newly converted bungalow in Black Boy Lane after a £10,000 grant was provided by Tendring District Council’s Big Society Fund and a share scheme was launched earlier this year.

It raised more than £130,000 for the purchase and conversion of the new premises.

Kati Vardon, a member of the shop’s management board, said she was “delighted” the acclaimed artist agreed to be the special guest, adding he delivered a “great speech” about the importance of having a “sense of community”.


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Mr Perry has close links with Wrabness having been commissioned by Living Architecture, a not-for-profit holiday home rental company, to build a house overlooking the River Stour close to the community shop.

The shop now boasts a café bar.

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“It will be popular with the permanent residents and visitors to the river-side village,” she Mrs Vardon

“The relaunch party on Saturday went really well and we would like to thank Grayson Perry and everyone who attended.”

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