COMING HOME: Grayson Perry

Past national and international programme archive
24 February 2020 - 20 September 2021

Chelmsford Museum, Chelmsford

Grayson Perry was born in 1960 and grew up in Chelmsford, Essex. He studied fine art at Portsmouth College of Art (1979-82) and undertook pottery classes at the Central Institute from 1983. His practice primarily involves working with ceramics, but has extended to include textiles and printmaking. His work explores a variety of contemporary and historical themes, offering a direct commentary on societal injustices and hypocrisies. He was included in Young Contemporaries at the ICA in 1981, exhibited Guerrilla Tactics at the Barbican (2002), won the 2003 Turner Prize and was awarded an OBE in 2013.

This vivid portrait was taken moments before Perry, dressed as his alter-ego ‘Claire’, delivered the first of his BBC Reith Lecture series on the theme of ‘Playing to the Gallery’ at Tate Modern in London. Perry has described the experience of being photographed as ‘observing the photographer with equal fascination’. This is captured by photographic artist Richard Ansett in Perry’s stance and expression.

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    Sir Grayson Perry,    by Richard Ansett,    18 September 2013,    NPG x139888,    By Richard Ansett. Commissioned for BBC Radio 4's Reith Lectures 2013 by Anna Lenihan, BBC Pictures.
Sir Grayson Perry by Richard Ansett 18 September 2013
NPG x139888