Grayson Perry artwork displaying C-word at cathedral angers worshippers

Jonathan Mitchell
Grayson Perry's artwork is on display at Hereford Cathedral: Getty Images

A Grayson Perry art piece has risked the wrath of churchgoers after his work displaying the C-word was chosen as the centrepiece of an ancient cathedral's art exhibition.

The Turner prize winner has unveiled his Map of Nowhere at Hereford Cathedral, which not only uses the offensive word but also questions the existence of heaven.

Some churchgoers reacted angrily to the artwork, which is on display directly opposite the cathedral’s famous Mappa Mundi.

Mr Perry’s controversial response to the Christian artefact contains references to the 13th century Christian map of the world.

Grayson Perry's Map of Nowhere (Hereford Cathedral)

Fellow artists on display at the cathedral have admitted the piece has shocked some visitors, while lobby group the Christian Voice has criticised it for “demeaning” the faith.

Words like c**t are visible on inspection of the artwork and a group of abandoned children can be seen sitting next to a building labelled as Oxbridge.

Reverend Chris Pullin, chancellor of Hereford Cathedral, defended the artwork, saying many people have responded positively.

He said: “People from all over the world, of many faiths and of none, respond to the Mappa in all sorts of ways, giving us plenty to think about as we see this unique document through the eyes of others.’

“Grayson Perry's response to the Mappa is his own personal take on things.

The famous Mappa Mundi is on display opposite the artwork (Hereford Cathedral)

“Displaying his Map of Nowhere is not an endorsement of ideas he seems to express within it, but an opportunity for all of us to see what a significant contemporary artist has produced as his own Mappa Mundi.”

Fellow artist Andrea McLean, whose work is on display beside Mr Perry’s, told the Hereford Times she was "very much on the side of the artist".

She said: "I felt sad that the work was being, as I see it, misunderstood by some early visitors."