Artist Grayson Perry in conversation with Valerie Sinason

Photo: James Royall

Venue: Assembly Hall, Islington Town Hall, Upper Street, London, N1 2UD

Date: Thursday 31 March 2011

Time: 8-9.30pm (doors open 7.30pm)

This was a fundraising event for Rowan Arts, the charity which produces Connecting Conversations. 

Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry and psychoanalyst Valerie Sinason meet to continue their conversation, which was started in June 2010. Inevitably, that conversation focused on Grayson's personal life and dress almost as much as his art. This time they will talk more about Grayson Perry's artistic practice - Grayson is profoundly articulate about his work and generous in his willingness to respond to questions.

Grayson Perry is best known for his seductively beautiful ceramic vases which, at a distance, seem classically decorative but on closer inspection reveal narratives on aesthetic, cultural, social and political subjects. As well as his signature ceramics has worked in a variety of media including embroidery, film, photography, tapestry, etching and cast metal. He has exhibited regularly and increasingly internationally for 27 years. Perry is also Britain’s second most famous transvestite – he accepted the 2003 Turner Prize as his alter ego Claire, wearing a purple satin party frock. His autobiography, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl, co-authored with Wendy Jones, was published in 2006. He often appears on TV, radio and in the newspapers commenting on cultural issues and had a weekly arts column in The Times for two years.

Valerie Sinason is a poet, child psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst specialising in trauma and disability. Her most recent edited works are Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity; working with dissociative identity disorder and poetry book Night-shift. She is Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies, Honorary Consultant Psychotherapist of the Cape Town Child Guidance Clinic and President of the Institute for Psychotherapy and Disability.

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