Grayson Perry

Arts presenter for radio and television, and journalist
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Grayson Perry is an award-winning artist who works in a variety of media, including embroidery and photography, yet he is best known for his ceramic works: classically shaped vases covered with figures, patterns and text. 

Grayson was born in Chelmsford in 1960 and went onto study at Braintree College of Further Education and at Portsmouth Polytechnic. In 2003, he became famous as the first ceramic artist to win the Turner Prize and was awarded a CBE in 2014. 

Alongside his art Grayson has written and presented documentaries including an hour-long documentary for Channel 4 entitled Why Men Wear Frocks, in which he examined transvestism and masculinity in the 21st century. In the programme, Grayson spoke candidly about his own experiences and the effect it has had on him and his family. The documentary received a Royal Television Society award for Best Network Production. His 2012 series All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry recived a BAFTA for Specialist Factional Television. Grayson also went onto win a Grierson Award for Documentary Presenter of the Year.  

Grayson continues to take on a diverse range of projects from guest appearances on shows such as Have I Got News For You and The Culture Show, and talks such as 'Myths of the Artist' at the Tate Modern, to a tour of Bavaria with his teddy bear, Alan Measles, for BBC Radio 4's Grayson on His Bike. He also made history when he delivered the prestigious Reith Lectures for BBC Radio 4 becoming the first artist to do so. 

Grayson's recent programme Who Are You? led to the accompanying artwork from the series being housed in the National Portrait Gallery, a first for the Gallery, and the programme has also been nominated for a RTS award. 


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He shot to fame as the crowd-pleasing, cross-dressing, Turner Prize-winning potter. But the real Grayson Perry is more complex than his image suggests.

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