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About the Work

During 1968 I helped form a street performance group called 'Further Granulated Advice'. The group's name was picked at random from words in a newspaper. Thom Osborn, literary director at the Royal Court Theatre, was our mentor. We put on improvised works inspired by the 'Commedia Dell' Arte'. Osborn took my work seriously; he was a psychiatrist as well as a theatre director. We used improvisational techniques in presenting events. I usually did drawings of the events I wished to present, then sometimes showed them to the actors for their interpretation. The drawings were then burnt.
Two of my events were never presented. These were 'The Lavatory Palace Hotel' and 'Mind How You Go'. Later I transformed the drawings into firescreens.

About Vaughan Grylls

Born 10th December 1943 in Newark, Nottinghamshire and attended art schools at Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Goldsmiths' and the Slade. He has taught at several art schools in the UK and the US.

From 1996 to 2005 he was Director of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he resigned to concentrate full-time on his own work after joining the Kent and the Surrey Institutes of Art and Design to make the University for the Creative Arts.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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