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Grayson Perry reappointed as Trustee for The British Museum

The Secretary of State has reappointed on nomination from the Royal Academy, Grayson Perry as Trustee on the British Museum Board for a second term of 4 years from 2 April 2019


Winner of the 2003 Turner prize, Grayson Perry is one of Britain’s best-known contemporary artists. He works with traditional media; ceramics, cast iron, bronze, printmaking and tapestry and has exhibited nationally and internationally. His works reference his own childhood and life as a transvestite while also engaging with wider social issues from class and politics, sex and religion, as well as contemporary issues such as Brexit and divided Britain. Perry was elected a Royal Academician in 2012, awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June, 2013 and in 2015 was appointed Trustee of the British Museum and Chancellor of the University of the Arts, London.

This role is not remunerated. This extension has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The Government’s Governance Code requires that any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years is declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation or candidature for election. Grayson has made a declaration stating that he donated a ceramic sculpture to the Labour Party in 2014, which was sold at a fundraising event for £20,000 and was listed in the Electoral Commission report in February 2015..

Published 8 April 2019