Harrow Arts Centre Censorship

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Date: 2008

Region: Europe

Subject: Nudity

Medium: Painting


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Artist: Cheryl Gould, Jonathan Hutchins, Roy Rogers

Confronting Bodies: Harrow Council

Date of Action: October 2008

Location: Harrow, U.K.

Description of Artwork: paintings containing nudes

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The Incident: The artists were called to the arts centre by members of Harrow Arts Society, who had been instructed by council officers to remove the explicit paintings.

The decision was taken because the arts centre is a public building, not exclusively an art gallery, and there were fears children and religious groups would be offended.

Results of Incident: Jonathan Hutchins decided to replace his paintings in the exhibition, but Cheryl Gould and her partner Roy Rogers, a former president of the art society who was also exhibiting, pulled out in protest.

Source: Harrow Times