Donald Urquhart, born in 1963 in Dumfries, Scotland, is a writer, performer and artist. He moved to London in 1984, and established a friendship and collaborative role with contemporary Leigh Bowery.
Urquhart embraced the heady drag performance scene of which Bowery and his circle were pioneering innovators. Urquhart set up the underground creative tour-de-force that was The Beautiful Bend, a club night which he ran throughout the '90s with Sheila Tequila and DJ Harvey.
Following Bowery's death, Urquhart joined with the members of Bowery's former band Minty to form a new group, The Offset. With The Offset, he played at The Water Rats in Kings Cross toured Nottingham Arts Festival, Brighton, Portsmouth and Oxford; and played four nights at the ICA.
His artistic work, including his collaborations with Bowery and the darkly humorous ink drawings that adorned The Beautiful Bend's publicity materials, has been exhibited multiple times internationally, including at the ICA and Herald Street galleries in London, and as part of the 1995 Frankfurt exhibition curated by Wolfgang Tillmans. Amongst Urquhart's notable performances are: A Nightmare on Emerald City, by David Dale, Central Space Theatre, London, January, 2002; The Beautiful Bend: A Drama with Music at Central Space Theatre, London; impersonations of Judy Garland, Mama Cass and Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane at Mutton, an underground performance night at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Vauxhall; and as a dancer and backing singer on Dead or Alive, by Pete Burns & The Sexy Assassins, 1992.