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Grayson Perry, taken by Clint Randall

Photo: Clint Randall

Grayson Perry visits Cirencester

New Brewery Arts in Cirencester has been officially opened, and the award-winning and cross-dressing artist Grayson Perry was there to see it happen.

"A lot of my outfits I can't even sit down in."

Grayson Perry

Turner Prize-winning ceramicist and cross-dresser Grayson Perry was the special guest at the launch of the New Brewery Arts in Cirencester. 

The official launch of this regional arts and crafts centre comes after a £2.8M refurbishment to transform the charming but needy former brewery into a prestigious new arts centre for the region.

He was invited to do the honours by Sarah Brooker, a Nailsworth-based textile artist who is an old art college friend of his.

She has a craft studio at the Brewery arts centre.

Grayson Perry gave a talk about his work to an audience of 40 invited guests and did not disappoint those who hoped he would turn up as his transvestite 'alter ego' Claire.

Grayson Perry in Cirencester

Photo: Clint Randall

Eyecatching attire

For the occasion he wore full make-up, a pink print dress, pink and purple tartan jacket, pink tights and hair band and white Mary-Jane shoes.

As he told BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Clare Parrack, pink is his favourite colour "because it's the most embarrassing colour for a man to wear".

Grayson said he was "very touched" when he was presented with a selection of presents made by craft artists based at the centre, including a pink felt handbag, a perfume bottle and a tiara.  

He added that his eyecatching attire was one of his least outlandish costumes because he travelled to Gloucestershire by train and "a lot of my outfits I can't even sit down in, let alone in a little narrow British Rail seat".

Even so, he certainly raised more than a few eyebrows among Cirencester's more staid citizens...

last updated: 14/04/2008 at 13:27
created: 04/04/2008

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