“It’s fantastic to be chosen to draw the King’s coronation. I’m looking forward to seeing the ceremony in London and to drawing all the people, the horse and carriage, the crown, and the buildings, as well as people celebrating here in Manchester”.
As well as recording responses to the Coronation, these newly commissioned artworks will explore themes of sustainability, diversity, community and youth associated with King Charles III’s reign.
Leslie’s work draws on his own memories, as well as popular cultural references from the 1970s and 1980s to produce vibrant drawings, most often in ink but also on textile, in ceramic and in paint.
While some of Thompson’s drawings allude to his upbringing in Manchester’s Moss Side area, others depict a rich array of flora and fauna or focus on architectural details. Often commissioned to produce live drawings, Thompson has gained a reputation as one of Britain’s most dynamic mural artists. His work has been exhibited across the UK and is held in both private and public collections. We look forward to sharing the outcomes of Leslie’s commission when it’s completed.