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Grayson Perry CBE RA

Turner Prize-winning Ceramicist and Artist

Grayson Perry is one of the UK’s best-known and most popular modern artists. Working primarily in ceramics, but also other media including tapestry and fabrics, he has also sought to popularise art and social commentary through various projects and television series.

After studying art, Grayson lived as a struggling artist trying different styles and media before settling on the, at the time, deeply unfashionable world of pottery. He subverted what many thought of as associated with the mundane, naive or archaeological, often taking a thought-provoking outsider’s perspective of sex and society. Twenty years after his first solo show, Grayson broke through to the art A-list with his acclaimed Turner Prize win.

Grayson’s work invariably features intricate, freehand drawings depicting a range of satirical, humorous and thoughtful images. As well as his magnificently detailed art, Grayson is also known for his flamboyant cross-dressing alter-ego Claire, typically dressed in highly decorated dresses and jumpsuits, often featuring his childhood teddy bear, father figure and icon of imagination, Alan Measles.

On television, Grayson has combined working on new pieces with explorations of the society he’s portraying. In All In the Best Possible Taste he looked at what the class system says about taste and compiled the ideas into a series of tapestries after William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress. Whilst in Who Are You? he considered identity in all its many forms to create both a portrait of modern Britain, and a collection of individual portraits in various media which formed an National Portrait Gallery exhibition. As well as his own shows he has also appeared on Have I Got News For You, This Week, The Review Show, and Question Time.

Grayson delivered the 2013 Reith Lectures in which he considered such subjects as the artistic process, the modern art market, and what is quality in art. The lectures formed the basis of his book Playing to the Gallery.

Combining thoughtful insight into the world, people and art with a down-to-earth directness, Grayson has become a leading voice on creativity, society and ideas of craft, beauty and art. He looks at what art can do and what it has to say, as well has how the artist process can play a part in everyday life.

Vince Kadlubek

Co-Founder & CEO, Meow Wolf (USA) - named one of the 'Top 5 experiences in the world' by Time Out & investors include George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones author

Simon Walker

Founder & CEO, Marquee TV (Netflix for arts & culture fans)

Charlotte Appleyard

Director of Development & Business Innovation, Royal Academy of Arts

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Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Arts (formerly Director, Van Gogh Museum)

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Co-Founder and Executive Chair, Sofar Sounds (formerly Global Marketing Director, Disney; Global Marketing Director, Coca Cola; and Director of Innovation at Diageo)

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Co-host (with Russell Tovey), Talk Art podcast & Director, Counter Editions & Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate

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Director, Black Cultural Archives

Patrick Foret

Director of Business Initiatives & Partnerships, Art Basel

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CEO, Watershed & Visiting Professor, University of the West of England

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Studio Director, Media Molecule (Sony Interactive Entertainment; Creator, LittleBigPlanet & named in Fortune's '10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming')

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Festival Director, Festival of Thrift (Winner, The Observer Ethical Awards)

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Founder, LIVR - the world’s first virtual reality content platform dedicated to theatre

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Head of Studio, Niantic London (Ingress, Pokémon GO, Wizards Unite)

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Chief Executive & Artistic Director, The Roundhouse

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Co-Founder, Fora & Co-founder, The Big Chill festival

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Head of Audience Labs, Royal Opera House

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Founder - We Built This City

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CEO, Royal Opera House

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Founder, Factory 42

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Founder & CEO, Zealous

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Founder, Ticket Tailor

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Head of Global Programs & Operations, Google Arts & Culture

Nia Williams

Director of Learning & Engagement, St Fagans National Museum of History

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Grayson Perry CBE RA

Turner Prize-winning Ceramicist and Artist

Julio Bruno

CEO, Time Out Group

Honor Harger

Executive Director - ArtScience Museum (Singapore)

Ryan Gaspar

Director of Brand Partnerships, Microsoft

Victoria Hume

Director, Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance

Charlotte Wood

Senior Marketing Manager, Art Fund

Josh Lane

Corporate Development Manager, Art Fund

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Senior Director, Gardens by the Bay (Singapore) - one of the world's leading tourist attractions with 9.7 million visitors in 2018

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NSWs inaugural 24 Hour economy Commissioner & former MD, Time Out

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Global Editor-in-Chief of Time Out

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Chief of PR and Communications, Japan Cultural Expo Secretariat, Japan Arts Council

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