Grayson Perry fronts 2016's English PEN fundraiser

Grayson Perry fronts 2016's English PEN fundraiser

English PEN's annual fundraising event 'Inspirations’ in 2016 is set to feature British artist Grayson Perry CBE.

The event, launched in 2012, offers attendees the chance to discover the major influences in the lives and careers of leading figures in the arts. Previous speakers have included poets Simon Armitage, Linton Kwesi Johnson and the late Seamus Heaney.

2016's event will take place at 7pm on 29th March 2016 at the Royal Geographical Society’s Ondaatje Theatre, where Perry will select the works that have influenced him most and discuss these with a live audience.

Perry, who designed a collector’s edition tote bag for this year’s Books Are My Bag (BAMB) campaign, is an award-winning artist across a variety of media. He is best known for his ceramics that are classically shaped but modern in subject-matter and highly decorative. He was the first ceramic artist to win the prestigious Turner Prize and in 2014 was awarded a CBE. 

Alongside his art, Perry has written and presented several documentaries and is known as a leading voice on transvestism. His documentary "Why Men Wear Frocks" for Channel 4 received a Royal Television Society Award for Best Network Production and his 2014 programme "Who Are You?" led to the accompanying artwork from the series being housed in the National Portrait Gallery. 

Early bird tickets can be purchased for £30 until 31st January 2016, after which the price is £50. 

English PEN aims to uphold writers' freedoms around the world. Recent campaigns include a long-running campaign to free the Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, who was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize in October. It awarded 16 grants to writers in November to develop literature in translation.