Red Alan’s Manifesto

Published 1 May 2014

A new artwork by Grayson Perry RA presents a special manifesto for the Royal Academy.

  • In his series of Reith Lectures last year, Grayson Perry RA provided a thoughtful, witty and provocative take on many of the art world’s most debated questions. Can anything be art? Who decides whether art is good or bad? Does democracy have bad taste?

    Continuing in this theme, Perry has created a special manifesto for the Royal Academy of Arts under the authorship of Red Alan (pictured above), a ceramic sculpture of his famed childhood teddy bear, Alan Measles.

  • Grayson Perry RA's Red Alan Manifesto

    Grayson Perry RA's Red Alan Manifesto

  • Special offer: Receive your very own print of the manifesto

    Red Alan’s Manifesto will be exclusively available as an edition of napkins, printed on 100% cotton and measuring 60 x 60cm, to anyone who buys a Friends of the RA Membership from the 1 May to 31 August 2014. Standard Friends membership (£97) gives unlimited access to world-class exhibitions at the Royal Academy for a year.

    “This is a rare opportunity to own a print of Red Alan’s Manifesto as they will not be available anywhere else,“ says Charles Saumarez Smith, Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy.

    "We are extremely grateful to Grayson Perry for his continued support of the Friends of the RA. It is one of the largest Friends’ organisations of its kind in Europe and provides an invaluable source of financial support for the RA, which receives no public funding and relies heavily on the generosity of individuals, companies and foundations.”

    This very special offer runs until 31 August 2014. To become a Friend of the RA, visit