Artist, author and broadcaster Grayson Perry, known for his insights into Britain’s “prejudices, fashions and foibles”, together with his wife, psychotherapist and writer Philippa Perry, discuss the relationship between art and psychotherapy and the common misconceptions which surround them both. Chaired by Helen Bagnall.
GRAYSON PERRY RA, winner of the 2003 Turner prize, is one of Britain’s best-known contemporary artists. He works with traditional media: ceramics, cast iron, bronze, printmaking and tapestry and has exhibited nationally and internationally. His works reference his own childhood and life as a transvestite while also engaging with wider social issues from class and politics, sex and religion, as well as contemporary concerns such as Brexit and divided Britain. Perry was awarded a CBE in 2013 and the same year delivered BBC Radio 4’s The Reith Lectures, published as Playing the Gallery.
Grayson is a multi-award-winning television presenter working on series on class, identity and masculinity for Channel 4. The series All Man, which considered masculinity, with its related book The Descent of Man, was broadcast in 2016. In the series Rites of Passage, also for Channel 4, he travelled the world to explore and reinvent the ceremonies surrounding some of life’s landmark events. A major exhibition of his work, The Greatest Art Exhibition Ever! was held at the Serpentine Gallery in the summer of 2017. He curated the RA Summer Exhibition in 2018. His most recent one man show, Them and Us, toured the UK discussing cultural divisions within the world we live today.
PHILIPPA PERRY has been a psychotherapist for the past twenty years. A respected author, her latest publication, The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (And Your Children Will be Glad That You Did), was a number one Sunday Times bestseller. Her previous books include Couch Fiction and How to Stay Sane. She has presented several documentaries including The Truth about Children Who Lie for BBC Radio 4, Being Bipolar for Channel 4 and How To Be A Surrealist for BBC 4.