Sir Elton John, Naomi Campbell, Kylie Minogue and Kate Moss in display and Adidas auction

By Culture24 Reporter | 30 August 2013

Naomi Campbell, Sir Elton John, Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue and a host of their fellow celebrities have turned Adidas trainers into star-dusted works of art for an auction to accompany a South Bank exhibition backing charity Stonewall.

A photo of a flamboyant portrait of a male rockstar next to a pair of colourful trainers
Sir Elton John has given a kaleidoscopic look to a pair of Adidas Stan Smith trainers ahead of an exhibition and auction in London© Simon Harris
A set of 20 Stan Smith shoes have been designed by the high-profile patrons of art group Platform 6, whose founder, James Tailor, has also persuaded the likes of Boy George and Carl Hopgood to take part in the showcase of lesbian, gay and bisexual art.

“There is so much more to LGB artists than simply their sexuality, but that is what many exhibitions seem to focus on,” he says.

“A lot of the work itself is highly sexualised and falls into a now well-known stereotype.

“The exhibition takes LGB art out of the context of sex. While some of the works displayed may contain nudity, the work itself deals with themes such as non-conformity, identity and vulnerability.”

  • Exhibition runs at the Bargehouse from September 7-14 2013. Silent auction takes place online from September 4-6. Visit for full details.

More pictures:

A black and white photo of a man in a suit and head scarf with an expletive message
William Baker's Doing Bird is part of the exhibition

A photo of a hotel room with a messy bed at the centre of it
Singer Boy George's artwork is called Bed

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