Grayson Perry to host Channel 4’s Grayson’s Art Club

Grayson Perry to host Channel 4’s Grayson’s Art Club

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Thursday, 23rd April 2020
Grayson Perry (Credit: Channel 4)
Grayson Perry (Credit: Channel 4)

Grayson Perry will present a new self-isolation art show for Channel 4.

Grayson’s Art Club will take viewers on an artistic journey to help ease the boredom of lockdown.

Each episode will have a theme and the series will include tips on how to take that first step into the art world, offer creative inspiration and show viewers how to have fun and create an artistic mess.

For each theme, Grayson will ask viewers to send in their creations, along with celebrity guests who will also be making their own artwork, with surprising results.

A high-profile artist will speak to Grayson in each episode revealing the art that they have been inspired to produce during the coronavirus period.

Throughout the series Grayson will also tell the story of his childhood teddy bear Alan Measles who influenced a lot of his art.

To honour him, Grayson will make a sculptured figure of Measles which will be displayed, once isolation ends, in the final exhibition, alongside the artwork produced by the public and guests in the lockdown period.

The theme for episode one is portraits, which can be anything from a family member, to a friend, to a photo of a celebrity. Comedian Joe Lycett will reveal to Grayson the portrait he has created and artist Chantal Joffe will tell Grayson about the meanings behind her paintings.

The second episode look at animals, from pets, to exotic animals, to the animals you see outside your window. Grayson will speak to Harry Hill about the story behind his animal artwork and British painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling CBE discusses her artistic process during lockdown.

With the theme of fantasy, there is the opportunity to create anything in the third episode, from your most vivid dream to an abstract reimagining of your reality. Actress Jessica Hynes shows off her fantasy design and British sculptor Sir Anthony Gormley talks about the life of an artist during these strange times.

The fourth episode will have the theme of 'view from my window', whether that’s your bedroom window out in the country, or your kitchen window in a tower block. The celebrity guest will be Jim Moir, a comedian, artist, actor and television presenter, who is also known as Vic Reeves in his double act with Bob Mortimer. British visual artist Tacita Dean will share with Grayson where she has been getting her inspiration from in the coronavirus period.

The themes and guests for episodes five and six will be announced at a later date.

The artwork created by the public and celebrity guests will be the main focal point of Grayson’s final exhibition and reflect Britain’s mood and imagination during isolation.

Grayson’s Art Club starts on Monday 27th April at 8pm on Channel 4.


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Grayson Perry will present a new self-isolation art show for Channel 4.