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Grayson Perry CBE RA is an English artist, known mainly for his ceramic vases and cross-dressing. Perry's vases have classical forms and are decorated in bright colours, depicting subjects at odds with their attractive appearance.
Born: March 24, 1960, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Education: Braintree College
University of Portsmouth
King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
Lived: A House for Essex, Black Boy Ln, Wrabness, Manningtree, Essex CO11 2TW, UK (51.94118, 1.17322)
Spouse: Philippa Perry (m. 1992)
Awards: Turner Prize, British Academy Television Award for Best Specialist Factual
Movies and TV shows: All In The Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, Grayson/Flowers/Jewels, Bungalow Depression
Parents: Jean Dines, Tom Perry

School: King Edward VI Grammar School, or KEGS (Broomfield Rd, Chelmsford CM1 3SX), is a British grammar school with academy status located in the city of Chelmsford, Essex. It takes pupils between the ages of 11 and 18 — from Year 7 to 11 the pupils are exclusively male, although it becomes mixed in the sixth form (years 12 and 13). KEGS was one of many grammar schools founded by Edward VI. Its current form resulted from a royal warrant dated March 24, 1551, although evidence of this school exists from as far back as the 13th century, possibly earlier, in an alternative location. Indeed, the school of 1551 was merely a "rebranding" of the Chelmsford Chantry School, a Roman Catholic institution which had been abolished along with the monasteries during the English Reformation. The school was moved to its present site on Broomfield Road in 1892. Once a boarding school, it was one of many grammar schools to fully join the state sector and abolish the nominal fees. The last boarders left in the 1970s. In 1976 it admitted the first female pupil (Fiona Hook) to the Sixth Form, to study Classics. Grayson Perry (born 1960) was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School. Perry took interest in conventional boys' activities, such as model aircraft, motorcycles and girls. He was in the school's Combined Cadet Corps and wanted to train as an army officer. In the late 1970s he was involved in the Chelmsford punk scene. From an early age he liked to dress in women's clothes and in his teens realized that he was a transvestite. At the age of 15 he moved in with his father's family in Chelmsford, where he began to go out dressed as a woman. When he was discovered by his father he said he would stop, but his stepmother told everyone about it and a few months later threw him out. He returned to his mother and stepfather at Great Bardfield.

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School: Braintree College (Church Ln, Braintree CM7 5SN), now known as The College at Braintree, is a further education college based in Braintree, Essex. It is a constituent college of the Colchester Institute. The college was originally an independently controlled institution, but merged with the Colchester Institute on 29 February 2010. Despite being part of the Colchester Institute, Braintree continues to operate under its own name. Grayson Perry (born 1960), Turner Prize winning artist, did an art foundation course at Braintree College of Further Education from 1978 to 1979.

Queer Places, Vol. 2.2: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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School: The University of Portsmouth (University House, Winston Churchill Ave, Portsmouth PO1 2UP) is a public university in the city of Portsmouth, in the ceremonial county of Hampshire on the south coast of England; it is located mainly on Portsea Island with a population of 205,400, it is the United Kingdom's only island city. The history of the university dates back to 1908, when the Park building opened as a Municipal college and public library. The focus was on chemistry and engineering. The University's roots can be traced back even further to the Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and the Arts. Grayson Perry (born 1960) studied for a BA in fine art at Portsmouth Polytechnic, graduating in 1982. He had an interest in film and exhibited his first piece of pottery at the "New Contemporaries" show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1980. In the months following his graduation he joined The Neo Naturists, a group started by Christine Binnie to revive the "true sixties spirit – which involves living one's life more or less naked and occasionally manifesting it into a performance for which the main theme is body paint". They put on events at galleries and other venues. When he left for Portsmouth in 1979, his stepfather told him not to return home.

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House: “Disney meets Dalì,” that is how the BBC described A House for Essex. Ceramic artist Grayson Perry and the FAT team of architects designed this bizarre building in its pretty country setting for the Living Architecture project as a gallery and holiday home for up to four people. To the Turner prize winner, art is not art without lashings of trash.

Address: Black Boy Ln, Wrabness, Manningtree, Essex CO11 2TW, UK (51.94118, 1.17322)
Website: http://www.living-architecture.co.uk/the-houses/a-house-for-essex/overview/

Place
A House for Essex is designed to evoke a tradition of wayside and pilgrimage chapels in the landscape. It is a singular building, appearing as a small, beautifully crafted object amongst the trees and fields. Due to high demand, all holidays at A House for Essex are sold via a ballot. Each ballot offers you the chance to purchase a 2- or 3- night stay at A House for Essex, for up to 4 people. The house does not attempt to mimic the appearance or materials of existing buildings in the local village of Wrabness. Instead, it offers a unique addition. Its materials and forms are sympathetic to the site and the area’s sense of remoteness. For example, hand-made tiles relate tonally to the landscape while the building’s simple pitched roof forms echo simple agricultural buildings and farmhouses. The form of the house is solid and barn-like. A series of simple, house forms step up in scale from the entrance to the main living room space. Each of these spaces is expressed externally as a volume in its own right. The building gets higher as it steps down the hill with the tallest volume at the lowest point. It therefore presents two different faces, a modestly scaled entrance porch to the south and a taller more formal frontage to the north. Visitors entering the house from the south pass through a series of spaces that become increasingly formal, culminating in a double-height living room lined with decorative timber panelling and Grayson Perry´s richly coloured tapestries. Upstairs there are two bedrooms which have views across the landscape to the east and west. The stepping up of the volumes creates a series of interlocking spaces on the inside where each pushes into the other. The first floor bedrooms, for instance, will also have balconies that look into the living room space and the bath offers an unusual location from which to observe visitors in the hallway. The interior of the house contains a number of specially commissioned art works by Grayson Perry including beautiful tapestries, pots, decorative timberwork and mosaic floors, celebrating the history and psyche of Essex.

Life
Who: Grayson Perry, CBE (born March 24, 1960)
Grayson Perry is an artist, known mainly for his ceramic vases and cross-dressing. Perry’s vases have classical forms and are decorated in bright colours, depicting subjects at odds with their attractive appearance. There is a strong autobiographical element in his work, in which images of Perry as "Claire,” his female alter-ego, often appear. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 2003. From an early age Perry liked to dress in women’s clothes and in his teens realized that he was a transvestite. After graduating he lived a hand-to-mouth existence in squats, at one point sharing a house with milliner Stephen Jones and pop musician Boy George, the three of them competing to see who could wear the most outrageous outfits to Blitz, a New Romantic nightclub in Covent Garden, London. He lives in London with his wife, the author and psychotherapist Philippa Perry. They have one daughter, Florence, born in 1992. In 2015 he was appointed to succeed Kwame Kwei-Armah as chancellor of University of the Arts London.

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