Former student Emily Goodden’s portraiture appears on Channel 4’s ‘Grayson’s Art Club’

April 28, 2020

Artwork by HSDC former student Emily Goodden was featured last night at 8pm on the first-ever episode of Grayson Perry’s Channel 4 Show ‘Grayson’s Art Club’.

The aim of the show is to bring ‘professional, amateur and first-time artists together, as a tonic against isolation’. A competition has been set up where entrants create a painting based on that week’s chosen theme. The submitted entries are whittled down to just a few, and those few will be displayed on the show the following week, where Grayson will talk about them, saying what he likes.

Emily explains more: “I finished my A Levels last year in the summer; I studied Art, Drama and English Literature. I got an A* for Art which I am very proud of! Since leaving HSDC, I have been applying to drama school while working in a school and at a cinema. I have also been performing in shows with Bench Theatre and the South Downs Musical Society.

“I heard about the competition online on Channel 4’s ‘Culture In Quarantine’ website. The lockdown has given me the time to reconnect with my art. The theme was ‘Portraiture’, and I love painting people and animals so I thought I would give it a go and did a portrait of my dad and our dog Teddy. What I’d learnt in A Levels had definitely helped with this!

“I was so thrilled when the producer of the show rang me to say that my painting had been chosen out of thousands of entries and then selected by Grayson to feature on the show. He is an artist that I find really interesting and unique.

“I loved all my subjects at college, and this has been an important experience for me in keeping my Art going alongside my Drama.”

Congratulations to Emily! Viewers can watch the programme on Channel 4 Catch Up. (