Locked out, we were made to think about what is important to us, and we had plenty of time to do so. What better recipe for making art can there be? What we found when we created Grayson’s Art Club for Channel 4 was a huge wave of creativity: every week thousands of people from all walks of life send us their work. As we come to flash in the light, now is the time to leave some space in our lives for making art, whether we join a choir, a writing group, a quilting bee, a dance class, set up a studio in the hangar or make funny videos on our phones. Make a little nest for your feelings of being alive, feed them so they can soar and fly.
Most of the infrastructure to support this is in place: thousands of groups are already in place to share and encourage. The Arts Council could help fund this, and employers could subsidize cultural activity, like the 21st century equivalent of coal gangs. Any group activity is good for your mental health, but doing art together is doubly good.
The professional cultural sector will recover from this terrible blow; there is a deep hunger for the cream of human creativity. I think it’s just as important that everyone knows that making art is for them, and that the rewards increase with commitment, as with any relationship. Making art is good for you.
• Grayson Perry’s The MOST Specialest Relationship exhibition opens September 15 at Victoria Miro, London W1