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LITTLE MISS Popular

GRAYSON PERRY is that rare thing; an artist who’s as equally respected by his peers as he is loved by the public. Even his TV series haven’t dented his reputation as a serious artist – on the contrary, they’ve resulted in the creation of some of his best work. But now he’s confronting his popularity head-on with a new exhibition, The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever, at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Perry allowed Winq into his studio to discuss his work in progress — and his relationship with the LGBT+ community.

Grayson Perry has never been interviewed by the gay media. You might think that isn’t surprising as he’s made no secret of the fact that he’s a straight man. But he’s also a straight man whose work explores issues of gender and sexuality — and furthermore he’s a man who enjoys dressing up in women’s clothes, often in public.

In this age when so many minority groups are coming together under the LGBT+ umbrella, and more and more young people are choosing to identify as queer, the time is right to ask Perry if he considers himself a member of our community — or just an ally.

As he opens the door to his studio in north London, the Essex-born artist is fresh-faced and smiling. He shows us around a bright, tidy space that used to be a factory and still has the remains of a clocking-on machine on the wall. Lined up on the kitchen counter is a packed lunch, next to empty bottles which he explains are left over from last night, when he entertained patrons of the Royal Academy of Arts, of which he was made a member in 2012.

He makes us a coffee (’It’s only instant I’m afraid!“) and we sit down on a sofa, directly facing kilns that contain two pots that will be the focus of both his new TV show and art exhibition — the Brexit vases. With one representing the Brexiteers and one the Remainers, the imagery, logos and slogans on both were suggested by the public via social media. I begin by asking why he was inspired to make them.

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The latest issue of the newly relaunched Winq magazine features an exclusive interview with Sherlock star Andrew Scott on his electrifying Hamlet and exploring his own inner darkness. There are also interviews with arist Grayson Perry and motorsport’s only gay racing driver, Danny Watts. We travel to Thailand and Rotterdam, get the background on the horrific abuse in Chechnya and ask if the pink pound can advance equality around the developing world. Packed with insightful commentary from a newly expanded panel of columnists, Winq is the journal for gay men by Attitude.
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