Grayson Perry is one of Britain's best known contemporary artists. He works with traditional media - ceramics, cast iron, bronze, printmaking and tapestry - and is a great chrinicler of contemporary life, drawing viwers in with beauty, wit, sentiment and nostalgia as well as fear and anger. His hard-hitting and exquisitely crafted works reference his own childhood and life as a transvestite while also engaging with wider social issues from class and politics to sex and religion. He won the Turner Prize in 2003 and has had major solo exhibitions including the criticially acclaimed Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum. In June 2013, Perry was awarded a CBE. He is currently Chancellor of the University of the Arts, London.