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Biography of Grayson Perry, RA, CBE
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Winner of the 2003 Turner prize, Grayson Perry is one of Britain's best-known contemporary artists. He works with traditional media; ceramics, cast iron, bronze, printmaking and tapestry. His works reference his own childhood and life as a transvestite while also engaging with wider social issues from class and politics to sex and religion. Grayson Perry has had major solo exhibitions nationally and internationally including the critically acclaimed Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum in 2011, My Pretty Little Art Career at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia and The Vanity of Small Differences, a suite of tapestries currently on a national and international tour led by the Arts Council Collection and British Council.

In June 2013 Perry was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. In 2013 he delivered The Reith Lectures, BBC Radio 4's annual flagship talk series by leading international thinkers, to widespread acclaim. Playing to the Gallery, his ensuing book, is published by Penguin. In 2014, Grayson Perry: Who Are You? A series of television programmes about identity was broadcast on Channel 4 with an accompanying display at the National Portrait Gallery.

Perry’s monumental suite of tapestries; the making of these works was chronicled in his BAFTA winning Channel 4 series In the Best Possible Taste. BAFTA winning Channel 4 series In the Best Possible Taste. The artist has received a second BAFTA for a subsequent Channel 4 series broadcast in October 2014, Grayson Perry: Who Are You?, which was accompanied by a solo presentation of works on the theme of portraiture and British identity at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

In 2013 he delivered The Reith Lectures, BBC Radio 4's annual flagship talk series by leading international thinkers, to widespread acclaim. Playing to the Gallery, his ensuing book, is published by Penguin.

A House for Essex, commissioned by Living Architecture and designed by Perry and FAT Architecture was unveiled in 2015. In 2016 Perry was awarded a RIBA Honorary Fellowship.

Most recently, he completed a series on masculinity for Channel 4 entitled All Man and created work inspired specifically by the lives of the men he encountered. He has also just published a book on masculinity, The Descent of Man, (Penguin). Perry was elected a Royal Academician in 2012. In 2015 he was appointed Trustee of the British Museum and Chancellor of the University of the Arts London. He has a major exhibition, “The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!”, currently showing at the Serpentine this summer.

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