Grayson Perry’s glazed ceramic figure, named ‘Alien Baby’, has been reported stolen from the Hidden Gallery in the Clifton area between 1.15pm and 1.26pm on 30 August, Avon and Somerset police said. The culprit was one of two men seen in the area where the piece was stolen.
Alien Baby was created during the filming for the Bafta-nominated series Rites of Passage in 2018. In the four-episode series, Perry explores the rituals that govern the big moments in our lives including birth, where he spoke with mothers who had given birth to premature babies, and their nurses.
Following the series, the Turner prize-winning potter, tapestry-maker, curator, writer, and presenter created 12 ‘alien babies’, “as a way to ritualise and celebrate the NHS, technology and the humanity of the neonatal nurses”, the gallery said. The gilded ceramics were then given to the nurses and individuals featured in the show.
Grayson Perry is one of the UK’s most renowned artists, known for questioning everything from class to gender identity. He is also a curator, writer and broadcaster – known for his Channel 4 show Grayson’s Art Club and his touring set, A Show for Normal People.