Devon V Leggo: Stories from the Studio
Devon is currently working as the Artist in Residence at Retford Park in Bowral, where he is creating drawings and text inspired by the mansion and grounds for an illustrated horror novel ‘DELICT’. Devon’s work is concerned with the pain and intimate horror of being authentically oneself. DELICT explores internalised homophobia, hypochondria, suicide and self harm, and the fear of allowing oneself to be seen, fully and completely, by another person.
I’ve found a place in the Belvedere at the top of the Mansion, from here I can look down into the garden. It’s a secret place that is prefect to draw and think about the next elements of the book.
I’m looking forward to showing some of the work I’ve created here and reading from DELICT on May Day and then launching straight into the creative workshop for young people. Both will be held in the pool pavilion at the property. It’s a rare chance for people to explore this area of Retford Park.
Display and Live reading
12pm Sunday 1 May
Meet Devon and hear him read an excerpt from the novel and see original illustrations in the flesh.
Drawing (From) Place with Devon V. Leggo
2-4pm Sunday 1 May
Venture into the depths of Retford Park for a horrifically graphic drawing workshop with Devon V. Leggo: the STA Artist in Residence exploring the mansion for his debut illustrated novel DELICT. Devon will work through how he uses horror to express complex emotions beyond terror.
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Retford Park is a place of great heritage significance. Gifted to the nation by James Fairfax AC in 2016. the property includes a grand rendered brick Italianate style residence surrounded by magnificent gardens and sculptures. Retford Park is managed by the National Trust of Australia (NSW). Visit the website.
STA have designed a self-led ‘InstaStory’ tour of the grounds that give you a sense of the property’s grandness.
This STA AiR program is funded by the NSW Government through Arts Restart.