Looking at Leigh Bowery: Sue Tilley and Christian Thompson
November 21, 2013
Over cake and fizz in the sketch Parlour, icon, and Leigh Bowery’s biographer, Sue Tilley and artist Christian Thompson will reflect on artistic journeys that span rural Australia and the lights of London.
Sunday 24 November 2013
6:30pm for 7pm
Leigh Bowery (1961-1994) was born in Sunshine, Victoria. Bowery moved to London at a young age, establishing himself as a flamboyant nightlife fixture, fashion designer and as an artists’ muse of extraordinary influence and vivacity.
Sue Tilley was born in south London. One of Bowery’s closest friends and one-time vetting girl on the door of the notorious club Taboo, she is author of ‘Leigh Bowery, The Life and Times of an Icon’. Through Bowery she was introduced to Lucian Freud and is the subject of Freud’s Benefits Supervisor Sleeping (1995).
Christian Thompson was born in Gawler, South Australia. As the inaugural Charlie Perkins Scholar, he has made history as the first Indigenous Australian to be admitted to the University of Oxford. Thompson’s first solo exhibition in London ‘We Bury Our Own’ was held at the Hospital Club Gallery earlier this month; and his work is currently on show in ‘Australia’ at the Royal Academy of Arts.