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The iconic looks of Leigh Bowery celebrated in new exhibition

January 7, 2022 @ 8:00 am - February 6, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

The Leigh Bowery: Tell Them I’ve Gone to Papua New Guinea exhibition looks at the life and finest looks of the late nightlife icon. The Fitzrovia Chapel will chart the legendary performance artist’s life and work with a display of costumes and a specially produced short film.

Leigh, who was born in Sunshine, Australia, is a legendary figure in the worlds of art, fashion, dance, club and music. 

He was also known as one of Lucian Freud’s most famous models, sitting for the renowned painter for several years and becoming close friends, his large naked bald form becoming almost as recognisable as when wearing his outlandish and ornately decorated costumes and creations.

Leigh died of AIDS aged 33 on New Year’s Eve 1994, shortly after his last performance at the Freedom Cafe, Soho in November, where people saw for the last time his legendary Birth performance where he gave birth to his assistant and close friend Nicola Bateman live on stage, with Freud, Alexander McQueen and his other close friend Sue Tilley all on the front row.

Please note: while it is no longer necessary to prebook for this free exhibition, the Fitzrovia Chapel asks that you allow extra time as they continue to manage visitor numbers in the interests of Covid safety. The exhibition is open Tues-Sat 11am-6pm and Sunday 12-5pm. Closed Monday.



the fitzrovia chapel
2 Pearson Square
London, W1T 3BF United Kingdom
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