9 March 2014, 7.00pm
What ever you think of Grayson Perry’s art, there is no mistaking how good a speaker he is, as his Reith Lectures last year testified. (He’s also a fabulous curator. We loved the exhibition, Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, he put together in 2012 at the British Museum). He manages to be combine being ultra straightforward and plain speaking with an original, often left-field point of view – and no where does this seem to be more in evidence than in the title of the lecture he gave at the Southbank’s Being A Man festival in January: Men – Sit Down for your Rights! The lecture sold out quickly and was hugely popular, and so we’re thrilled that Perry is revisiting it on March 9th at the Royal Festival Hall. Perry may be talking about issues such as the male gaze, macho transvestites and issues of equality, but make no mistake: this time the lecture is part of the Women of the World Festival (check out the website for that here; there is loads of good stuff happening), and after the lecture Perry will be doing a Q & A with Jude Kelly, the (female) Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre. Somehow we think it’s women who will at the heart of this event. Do note that tickets for the front stalls have already sold out, and though there are still seats available in the side and rear stalls, they won’t be around for long, so do book now.