Joe Orton: Discover the man behind the drama

Tim Desmond at National Justice Museum

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£10,120 raised
50 funders

Funded 7 Jun 2017

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This summer we need your help to create a special exhibition to celebrate the extraordinary life of playwright Joe Orton and the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.  For the first time, the exhibition will explore the fascinating aspects of crime in Orton's life and work including the defacement of the library books; his trial and imprisonment and his murder and legacy.  The exhibition will display items from the University of Leicester’s Orton Archive including the Morocco diary and new artwork by Joe's nephew, artist David Lock, in response to the work of this uncle.     

We need your help to raise £10,000 to make this exhibition happen.  Together, we can celebrate the life and work of Joe Orton and continue to ensure that his legacy lives on.  Please help us make this exhibition happen and get some great rewards in return.  Thank you!

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Exciting update!

1 June 2017

By Tim Desmond

Local business pledges £5,000 match funding towards Joe Orton campaign Read more

A big thank you to all of our donors so far

24 May 2017

By Tim Desmond

Your support is helping us to create an exhibition that marks 50 years since a major landmark in LGBT rights – the decriminalisation of homosexuality and 50 years since the untimely death of playwright Joe Orton. Read more

With thanks to...

Justin Gamblin
Fareham

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Julian Penniston-Hill
Nottingham

Beccy Spurr
Nottingham

Michael Matthews
London

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Paul Bowden
High Peak

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Hendryk Korzeniowski
Lancaster

Barbara Matthews
Nottingham

Genia Blum
Lucerne

Louise Clarke
London

Penelope Reeve
Nottingham

Ian Devlin
London

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Tony Bates
Nottingham

Roger Cook
London

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Mark Deakin
Dronfield

Alexandra Marks
London

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Karin Koller
Leicester

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Robin Fairfield
Hove

SHARRON PRESTON
London

Nikolai Foster
Leicester

Lucy Garnett
Seattle

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Lauren Cooke
Snitterfield

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Francesca Coppa
New York

Jennifer Mabbott
Dukinfield

Andy Churchill
Nottingham

James Pennington
London

Holly Bee
Edale

Becky Rawling
HITCHIN

elisabeth basford
barnsley

David Edgley
Nottingham

Anra Kennedy
HENFIELD

Maxine Jones
Kettering

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Anna Capunay
Forest Hills, NY

Colin Mackenzie-Blackman
Wellesley

Kathryn Biles
Gillingham

Jennifer Spencer
Newark

Nicola Burley
Nottm

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"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)

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Loot, 1965

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Joe Orton Collection at the University of Leicester © Orton Estate