Grayson Perry to host new TV art show

English contemporary artist Grayson Perry posing during a photo session at " La monnaie de Paris " for his exhibition in Paris on October 16, 2018

Perry will teach self-isolated viewers how to make art in a new TV show, which is being developed by Channel 4 in response to the rapid spread of the virus in the UK.

"Grayson's Art Club" will find the Turner Prize winner on a mission to help British viewers to unleash their creativity while in self-quarantine, teaching them how to sculpt, draw and create with the help of other leading artists.

"To keep the nation's spirits up, Grayson will encourage viewers [and] artists alike to use this time in isolation to produce visual representations of the unique time we are living through as a community, at the end of which Grayson will display the art created in an exhibition that will chronicle the changing moods of Britain in isolation," Channel 4 teased in a statement.

Details about the family-friendly show are still scarce to this date, although the project is helmed by the production company Swan Films.

"Grayson's Art Club" is one of numerous new TV shows that Channel 4 is developing to help the audience grapple with "the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak and life in lockdown."

Among them are the daily series "Kirstie's House of Craft" with Channel 4 host Kirstie Allsopp; "Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On" with chef Jamie Oliver; as well as "Grime Gran On How Not To Be A D**k In A Pandemic" with Margie Keefe aka Grime Gran.

"The coronavirus outbreak is an enormous creative challenge for all broadcasters and though it is having a profound impact on getting some of our productions onto screen, it's also a time when public service broadcasters like Channel 4 can step up and help people navigate through the extraordinary challenges we all now face," Director of Programming Ian Katz said in a statement.

In other news, Perry recently received the prestigious Erasmus Prize for the "insightful way he tackles questions of beauty and craftsmanship," becoming the first British artist to receive the award since Henry Moore in 1968

The prize, which comes with a cash award of €150,000 (around $165,000), is given annually by the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation to a person or institution that has made "an exceptional contribution to the humanities, the social sciences or the arts."

"A time when we are constantly bombarded with images, Perry has developed a unique visual language, demonstrating that art belongs to everybody and should not be an elitist affair," the judges said of the artist.