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What the Artist Saw: Joe Orton exhibition, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Art & Culture, See & Do in Leicester

What the Artist Saw: Art Inspired by the Life and Work of Joe Orton


What the Artist Saw: Art Inspired by the Life and Work of Joe Orton

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Leicester-born playwright Joe Orton, an exhibition of contemporary art commissions inspired by Orton’s life and legacy. Featuring work by David Lock, Louise Plant, Stewy, Danielle Vaughan and Tim Youd. 

Joe Orton (1933-1967) was a major twentieth century British playwright. August 9th commemorates the 50th anniversary of his death in 1967. 

Born in Leicester, Orton grew up in poverty on the Saffron Lane housing estate and worked in local factories before winning a place at RADA, the country’s foremost drama school. There he met Kenneth Halliwell, the man with whom he would spend the rest of his life. Halliwell became Orton’s partner, mentor and murderer.

The exhibition presents new responses to Orton’s life and work through art, inspired by Orton’s own interest in the relationship between writing, painting, sculpture and collage.


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