'NATIONAL HANDBAG' Wall Plate by Simon Dredge


This beautiful decorative wall plate celebrates a small selection of people from Liverpool who consider themselves part of the LGBTQ+ community:

Rosie Wilby

Rosie is a comedian and singer songwriter born in Liverpool and raised in Ormskirk.

Fisayo Akinade

Fisayo is an actor born in Liverpool. He has had major roles in the Channel Four dramas, Cucumber and Banana and Tofu.

Kele Okereke

Singer/ songwriter and musician Kele is from Liverpool. He is best known as lead singer of the band Bloc Party.

Terence Davies (1945 - 2023)

Film director, screenwriter and novelist Davies was born in Kensington Liverpool. Best known for his autobiographical films including, Distant Voices, Still Lives, The Long Day. His last film, Benediction, was released in 2021. The film tells the story of British war poet Siegfried Sassoon.

Paul Rutherford

Paul Rutherford was part of the Liverpool synth-pop band Frankie Goes to Hollywood. They were one of the first openly gay groups in the 80s and made gay rights and sexuality a main them in their music.

April Ashley MBE (1935 - 2021)

A real Liverpool legend, April was a model, author, LGBT rights activist. April transitioned in 1960. After transitioning April became a successful model appearing in Vogue. A truly colourful life ensued after her transition enduring judgement from the press to becoming a national treasure in her later years.

Danny Beard

Danny won the fourth series of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Amy Kane

Kane is a midfielder who started her career at Everton Ladies. Moving to Blackburn Rovers and then returning to Everton in 2010.

The plate is made from architectural clay, using ceramic body stains, acrylic paint, spray paint and varnish to create the wonderful layered surface patterns.

Diameter: 36 cm

This plate is part of an installation of six plates Simon has made for our 'In the Window' series to celebrate Pride in Liverpool 2024. Funded by the Ulrike Michal Foundation for the Arts.

Liverpool based, Simon is an English ceramic artist whose work explores the impact of history in shaping our cultural understanding. For the Pride window Simon wanted to celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community in Liverpool and the wider Merseyside area.

From the use of Polari, a secret language used by the community for many years to pubs and clubs that people may remember, and previous Pride festivals, this collection seeks to highlight an important history and recognise how we should always appreciate what the past has given this community.


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