Kitsch and class are among Perry's enduring preoccupations, and in 2013, he presented ‘All in the Best Possible Taste,’ a television series which looked at the ways in which British social classes differ in their aesthetic preferences. The project was immortalised in a series of tapestries with the gloriously pithy, Freud-referencing title ‘The Vanity of Small Differences.’
In 2015, he returned to the nation's screens with 'Grayson’s Perry’s Dream House' which documented the construction of a ‘House for Essex.’ A fanciful building, half-residence, half-chapel, it was dedicated to a deceased (and fictional) woman by the name of Julie May Cope, and explored the unique iconography of Perry's home county.
While Perry's art is highly distinctive, it's not without its inheritances. On March 29, he discusses his influences at 'Inspirations', the English PEN'S annual fundraising event. Early bird tickets are available until the end of January so make sure sure to pick up yours while you can.
|What||Grayson Perry 'Inspirations', Royal Geographical Society|
|Where||Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR | MAP|
|Nearest tube||South Kensington (underground)|
On 29 Mar 16, Event starts at 19:00
|Price||£30 Early Bird, £50 thereafter|
|Website||Click here to book via the English PEN website|