Presenters  |  Feb 28, 2020

Grayson Perry wins prestigious Erasmus prize

Grayson Perry has become the first British visual artist since Henry Moore in 1968 to win the prestigious and lucrative Erasmus prize.

The award is a Dutch version of the Nobel prize, given annually to a person or institution that has made “an exceptional contribution to the humanities, the social sciences or the arts.”

Perry said he was “overwhelmed and honoured and humbled really” to be given the prize, particularly given the impressive roster of British winners, who include Charlie Chaplin (1965), Ninette de Valois (1974), Isiaiah Berlin (1983) and AS Byatt (2016). “Of course my impostor syndrome kicks in massively at this point.” he added.