A group of Sixth Form and Year 11 art and digital students were joined by Turner Prize winner, Reith Lecturer and author of Playing To The Gallery – Grayson Perry CBE, in a unique virtual talk.
Grayson PerryCBE is one of the UK’s best-known and most popular modern artists. He took students through his vision and ideas on how he popularises art and social commentary through various projects, TV work and gallery experiences.
Grayson guided the students with some key messages around the importance of trusting your intuition, being vulnerable and the importance of working hard – in which he coined the phrase “Divine Drudgery”.
His inspiring words also reminded the students of the importance of drawing as the starting point for digital art .. “there is no USB in your head” and landed the point that “having creative fun” is just as profound and important as being serious. He cited his examples of stand up comedy shows and an interior design exhibition as evidence of the importance of having fun.
Perry wasn’t the only guest who joined students – as he took us on the journey of his childhood teddy bear, father figure and icon of imagination – the popular Alan Measles.
The session was completed with a Q&A experience where students got to find out first hand about his career as well as his outlook on creativity.
“It was really eye-opening for our students to hear from such a luminary in the creative industry. His session was entertaining, engaging and really took students on his creative journey. His thoughts on creativity, society and ideas of the importance of craft – really made the students think deeper and I look forward to seeing the outcomes of the session in the development of the design work”
Chantelle Callaghan, Head of Art
If you love designing graphics, creating animations or producing advertising and branding campaigns and want to follow in the footsteps of creative leaders like Grayson Perry – then why not apply now for our unique Digital Design and Art course in the Sixth Form by clicking here.
Thank you to Speakers for Schools for arranging the session for our students.