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The Life and Major Works of Grayson Perry - an appraisal

Lecture on Monday 1st March 2021 at 1:45PM

Lecturer: Harry Fletcher
Venue: Larruperz Centre

During my lecture I will show the major influences in his life and on his works. I will highlight his most important vases, drawings, sculptures, tapestries and his “House for Essex”. I will consider also his very successful presentations on Channel 4 television, for which he has received three BAFTA awards.

Grayson Perry became famous in 2003, when he won the Turner Prize. Ten years later he was awarded the CBE for services to contemporary Art. In 2012 he was made a Royal Academician and in 2018 he was asked to take charge of the 250th Summer Exhibition. In recognition of his design and contribution to the “House for Essex” project he has been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 2015 he was appointed Trustee of the British Museum and in the same year he was appointed Chancellor of the University of the Arts London – he has since been re-appointed, such is his success in this position .

His Channel 4 series “All in the best possible taste” won a BAFTA award and lead to the production of six tapestries “The Vanity of Small Differences”, which have attracted a great deal of interest.

In October to November 2014 he became the first artist to present the Reith lectures, which were warmly received.

He has curated a very popular exhibition at the British Museum of around 30 of his own new works alongside around 170 objects by unknown men and women throughout history. In 2015 he had an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, based on another Channel 4 series, “Who are you”, which was fascinating.

He has recently been given the award of Best Presenter on television by the Royal Television Society – ahead of Sir David Attenborough!

He is an excellent subject for a lecture, because he has lived a very interesting life so far, he is a warm and flamboyant character and an excellent communicator. He has produced a wide range of high class, thought provoking contemporary art. He is an extremely popular person and artist with the majority of people.

Harry Fletcher has tutored three courses for the Open University - The History of Modern Art, Art and the Environment and Design, Processes and Products. He has worked as an OU examiner and A level examiner in the History of Art. He is a practising artist who has had work shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. He has lead art appreciation holidays across Europe. As Head of Art & Design in a comprehensive school he taught A level Art, the history of art, printmaking, the history of printmaking and the history of architecture.

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