Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry is planning to help the self-isolation nation become more creative in a series of special television shows.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, “Grayson’s Art Club” on Channel 4 will encourage confined viewers to produce unique depictions of their quarantined lives. The recently announced creative programming will debut several new shows over the coming weeks, including crafting sessions with Kirstie Allsopp and cooking with Jamie Oliver.
Perry’s uplifting lessons on painting, sculpture and drawing aim to bring art to the masses. From amateurs to experts, viewers will have the chance to cultivate their creativity alongside one of Britain’s most eccentric artists.
“Accessibility is a part of what I want to do which is make art an ordinary part of life but a stimulating part of life,” explained Perry. “I’m not really talking to the art world, I’m more interested in the average Joe on the sofa.”
Selected artworks created by viewers will be later displayed in an exhibition to document the impact of this unprecedented global virus on the UK.
Born to a working-class family in Essex, Perry has become an internationally renowned contemporary artist, writer and broadcaster. He is famed for his vibrant ceramic vases and tapestries, as well as tackling “prejudices, fashions and foibles” through his cross-dressing. After winning the coveted Turner Prize in 2003 for his deeply auto-biographical work, last month he was awarded the prestigious Erasmus Prize.
Speaking about the witty artist, the Erasmus judges noted that “at a time when we are constantly bombarded with images, Perry has developed a unique visual language demonstrating that art belongs to everybody and should not be an elitist affair.”
Other Turner Prize winners are also helping to keep the nation’s creativity flowing, like Keith Tyson, who recently set up @isolationartschool on Instagram. “It struck me that a lot of people are feeling very anxious about losing their routines and being stuck in the house,” said Tyson, “But creativity benefits from isolation. Those same, tricky circumstances can often be its starting point. And how many times have you thought, ‘I’d love to paint – if only I had the time’? Now you’ve got that time, and lots of it.”
So, how will you spend your free time during the UK’s lockdown? Why not take advantage of these award-wining artists all from the comfort of your own home.