Divine Inspiration: Sister Saturnalia / by Leo Crane

Divine inspiration descended on The Glory last Tuesday in the form of Sister Saturnalia. Complete with wimple and rainbow beard, artist and model Peter Maverick led an evening of decadence and high camp inspired by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Starkers hosts Roy and Leo welcomed familiar and new faces as Sister Saturnalia knelt in penitent prayer on the stage. We began with warm-up two-minute poses to rousing ecclesiastical hits by the likes of Handel, Mozart and Poulenc, before settling into 10- and 15-minute drawings.

After a break and with fresh drinks, the mood shifted to the glory days of the Sisters with a soundtrack of pomp, protest and ultimate disco. Our own Sister kept his serenity with two long poses, inspiring some fantastic and diverse interpretations of his flamboyant character.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is an order of queer nuns devoted to community service, ministry and outreach to those on the edges. The order was founded in San Francisco in 1979 and now has chapters around the world. Sister Saturnalia was created as a tribute to their work for a one-off Starkers event.

Next week, we strip everything right back with our very own Roy Joseph Butler and a special screening of Mirror Doesn't Love You Like This with Director Jessie Parsons. Same time, same place – we hope you can make it.

More photos of Starkers at The Glory: Sister Saturnalia