"I am delighted, honoured and proud to take on the role of Chancellor of the University of the Arts London," commented Grayson on his new appointment. "I hope to use the position to act as an ambassador and champion of the arts and especially high quality arts and design education." His appointment follows his close association with the University, as the contemporary visual artist has spent a number of years as a regular lecturer at UAL and been a Governor since 2010.
"Being an artist has given me so much, my career, my friends and my sanity, not to mention my wardrobe! Becoming Chancellor gives me a platform from which to communicate the great good the arts and especially UAL offers both to individuals and society." Sir John Sorrell, Chairman of UAL added: "Grayson has been a friend to UAL for a number of years now and we are delighted to welcome him as our Chancellor. As a high-profile campaigner for the importance of the arts and the right for anyone to access a creative education, he is a fitting representative for UAL. On behalf of everyone at the University, I would like to thank Kwame Kwei-Armah for his years of devoted service on behalf of our students and staff."
Grayson tasks second year Central Saint Martins BA (Hons) Fashion students to design a dress for him every year, based on a written brief and then attends weekly sessions during the dress creation process. Afterwards, he purchases up to 14 of the finished outfits and then wears them to high-profile events each year. "Grayson has an astounding ability to speak for the maker, the student and the audience of art," added Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of UAL. "We are proud to have appointed this unmissable artist and advocate as UAL’s Chancellor."