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Meet the Trustees

Mr Grayson Perry CBE, RA

Winner of the 2003 Turner prize and 2020 Erasmus Prize, Grayson Perry is one of Britain's best-known contemporary artists. He works with traditional media; ceramics, cast iron, bronze, printmaking and tapestry and has exhibited nationally and internationally. His works reference his own childhood and life as a transvestite while also engaging with wider social issues from class and politics, sex and religion, as well as contemporary issues such as Brexit and divided Britain.

Perry was elected a Royal Academician in 2012, awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 2013 and, in 2015, was appointed Chancellor of the University of the Arts, London.

In 2016, he completed a series on masculinity for Channel 4 television entitled All Man and created work inspired specifically by the lives of the men he encountered. His ensuing book The Descent of Man, was published by Penguin the same year.

The artist's A House for Essex, a permanent building designed in collaboration with FAT Architecture, was constructed in the North Essex countryside in 2015. A major exhibition of his work, The Greatest Art Exhibition Ever! was held at the Serpentine Gallery in the summer of 2017.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the programme Grayson’s Art Club on Channel 4 aired from his studio. The art created during lockdown by members of the public - as well as Grayson and Philippa Perry - was then exhibited in museums around the country. He also completed 23-date, UK stage tour, Grayson Perry: A Show for Normal People.