Dear Christine: A Tribute to Christine Keeler has just begun the final leg of its tour at Arthouse1 in Bermondsey, London. The opening night was attended by, among others, Christine’s son Seymour Platt, and her close friend, Desmond Banks; Geoffrey Robertson QC; and the writer Julie Burchill. (You can view Julie and Seymour’s speeches here.)
UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this exhibition has been postponed until further notice – more info here. (18/02/2020)
Arthouse1 are also offering a paperback edition of the accompanying catalogue, which also features poetry first unveiled during the show’s Swansea run. However, stocks are very limited.
Over the coming weeks I’ll be reviewing Dear Christine, and speaking with artist and curator Fionn Wilson. In the meantime, check out this interview with Fionn in the free online journal Her Edit.
It’s been so joyful to share my enthusiasm
and I do feel something is shifting in relation to
Christine. The language is changing and I think
she is finally being treated with some respect
which makes it worthwhile. Art can be quite
indulgent if it’s not engaging people. When you
present conceptual and intellectualised ideas
about a person – someone who was a real
human being – it makes it more relatable.