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Grayson favour – artist’s talk raises £16k for charity

03 May, 2019 — By Emily Finch

Grayson Perry. Photo: Kimi Gill

TURNER Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry took aim at his Islington audience and told them that they were “heading towards extremism” in his charity show on Monday night.

There was a line of people snaking down Compton Terrace to get into the sell-out talk at the Union Chapel which raised £16,000 for Freightliners City Farm and homeless shelters run by CARIS.

The charities were picked by the Mayor of Islington, Councillor Dave Poyser, who helped organise the night.

Mr Perry jokingly teased the audience and told them “it’s up to us to make an effort” when it came to understanding why people voted overwhelmingly to leave the European Union in some parts of the country.

The show, called It’s All Your Fault, looked at the political divides in Britain – a theme often examined in Mr Perry’s work, which has been exhibited throughout
the world.

Mr Perry avoided talking directly about Britain’s expected exit from the EU throughout the show until the last five minutes.

He told the audience: “It’s up to us to make an effort. Maybe you aren’t universally right, even if it feels so.”

Mr Perry, who has a studio in Barnsbury, joked that the Islington audience was “heading towards extremism” in their “bubble” – Islington had one of the highest percentages of “Remain” voters in the referendum in 2016, with 75 per cent voting to stay in the EU.

Cllr Poyser, who opened the talk, thanked the artist for “giving up his time for Islington” and praised Freightliners City Farm in Holloway for their “great amount of social work”.


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