David Bowie Is: show thanks Big Issue vendors

Big Issue vendors put on their red shoes and danced the blues at the ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition in Melbourne last week, after the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) threw open its doors especially for them.

Vendors received free passes for the exhibition of the Thin White Duke’s memorabilia and costumes as a thank you for The Big Issue Australia’s striking Bowie cover.

Victorian Housing Minister Martin Foley and ACMI CEO Katrina Sedgwick meet vendors Russell, Rob and Cheryl

Big Issue vendor Russell saw David Bowie play back in 1983 in Melbourne, and was very excited to have the chance to visit the exhibition.

“It was great for vendors to have the opportunity to see the exhibition. One hour is not long enough, I was in there for two hours and I would see it again.

“It was fantastic.”

CEO and Director of the ACMI Katrina Sedgwick arranged the vendor visit.

“We were delighted so many vendors took up the opportunity to see the show,” she said.

“With The Big Issue placing ACMI’s ‘David Bowie is’ exhibition on the front cover of the August issue, it was wonderful for ACMI to return the favour and invite The Big Issue’s hardworking vendors to see the show they had supported through their work.”

The exhibition is on until the end of September.

It had previously been a sell-out hit at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and has been seen by more than a million people worldwide at sell-out shows in London, Chicago, Sao Paolo, Paris, and Berlin.

The show features more than 50 legendary costumes, as well as original stage set designs, handwritten lyric sheets, album artwork, rare film, video and photographs and interviews detailing the star’s life as a performer and screen star.