Art Club Facebook Group

In collaboration with Swan Films, Channel 4 have launched an official Grayson’s Art Club Facebook group:

facebook.com/groups/GraysonsArtClub

Run by Channel 4, this quiet corner of the internet is where fans can come together to share their creations and take part in some extra challenges.

Whether you’re a professional artist, or picking up a paint brush for the first time – we encourage you to share your work, discuss techniques… or simply join in the conversation!

This is a place for creativity, sharing and positivity.

In addition to the themes set as part of the main show, we will be running weekly activities and posting exclusive content. You might even see Grayson, Phillipa or a celebrity guest join in.

IMPORTANT: If you want to submit art to be featured in the show, please visit https://www.graysonsartclub.com/submit-your-art

Submit to Grayson’s Art Club

We’re so excited that submissions are now open for the second series of Grayson’s Art Club!

The new series will arrive onscreen in February.

You can now upload your art at graysonsartclub.com

The themes for the new series are:

Family, Nature, Food, Dreams, Work and Travel

On graysonsartclub.com you’ll also be able to find more information about deadlines for submissions, the exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery, and links to the first series.

Please note: all submissions for Grayson’s Art Club must be made through graysonsartclub.com Submissions emailed or posted to us will not be accepted for consideration.

Grierson Awards Win

Our feature-length documentary The Last Igloo has won a Grierson award for Natural History.

The judges said:

” The judges were hypnotised by this atmospheric film about a livelihood that feels completely other. The slow pace of the narrative was described as a meditative balm that leaves the viewer feeling enriched. To document a way of life that may be lost to future generations in such an original, captivating and immersive way is incredibly important. “

Congratulations to director Christian Collerton, and everyone who worked on the documentary.

And a special thanks to Julius, the Inuit hunter who stars in the film, and the people of Tasiilaq, East Greenland.

The full list of Grierson winners can be found here:

https://griersontrust.org/grierson-awards/the-grierson-awards/winners/

Art Club Exhibition

A special episode of Art Club will air on Channel 4 this winter following an inspiring exhibition opening at Manchester Art Gallery.

In a six-episode run earlier this year, Grayson’s Art Club, presented by award-winning artist Grayson Perry, alongside his wife Philippa, brought the nation together.

A one-off celebratory episode will air on Channel 4 this winter, allowing viewers to take a sneak peek behind the scenes of the curation and development of the Art Club exhibition which will open in the heart of Manchester. It will also see Grayson meet in person (socially distanced, of course) with some of the public participants who had their entries selected for the exhibition, as well as some of the celebrity guests and well-known artists who joined Grayson for the series. Their art will feature in the exhibition, alongside the works Grayson and Phillipa produced during lockdown, including the nation’s guardian spirit, ‘Alan Measles’.

Opening at Manchester Art Gallery from 25 November 2020 – 18 April 2021, the exhibition will track the journey the series took as it unleashed the nation’s collective creativity under the constraints of lockdown. Every week, Grayson hosted the show from his own studio in London, taking the country with him as he created new art works in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each week, a different theme – portraits, animals, fantasy, view from my window, home, national spirit – was explored by Grayson, and he tasked the public, celeb guests and artist friends to develop their own response. Across the run nearly 10,000 pieces of art – from painting to sculptures, photography to mixed media – were entered by the public.

Grayson Perry said: “I could not be happier with Manchester Art Gallery, the venue for the Art Club exhibition; it will be in a people’s palace of culture. All the artists who appeared on our TV series put in a lot of skill, thought and feeling into their works and I am so proud that they will get the opportunity to see their art hanging in this grand, nearly 200-year-old institution. 

From its inception Art Club was about the benefits of making art that is open to all. In the true spirit of the series we will be exhibiting the works grouped not by hierarchy of fame or value but grouped in themes. Each artwork will hang amongst others that talk of the shared experiences we have lived through during this extraordinary time of the COVID-19 crisis. This show is a crystallisation of the feelings and obsessions of artists from all over the country whether it is their first painting since primary school or they are world famous. 

This will be a show about the joy and solace of making art. It will also be a still moment to reflect on a situation that has affected everyone on the planet.”

New York Film & TV Festival

We’ve been awarded medals for two of our recent productions at the New York Film & TV Festival – an international competition that honours content from over fifty countries around the world.

Our feature documentary about an Inuit hunter in Greenland, The Last Igloo, received a gold medal in the ‘Environment & Ecology’ category, while The Curry House Kid, the documentary we made with acclaimed dancer and choreographer Akram Khan, received a bronze medal in the ‘Social Issues’ category.

Congratulations to everyone who worked on, and appeared in, the documentaries.

The full list can be read here:

https://tvfilm.newyorkfestivals.com

Tree Planting

As part of Swan Films’ commitment to sustainability and in recognition of the climate emergency, we are pledging monthly donations to the following charities aimed at planting trees and protecting forests and woodlands – Woodland TrustTrees for Cities and Global Greengrants Fund UK.

While it’s important to remain focussed on the more fundamental measures that businesses and governments must take to combat climate change and the depletion of the natural environment, we feel that supporting these charities is one of the practical measures we can take.