Nude picture sparks controversy

MORE than 60 pieces of artwork of nude or partially-clothed women are on display at a Suffolk bar - including a controversial photograph of a young woman.

MORE than 60 pieces of artwork of nude or partially-clothed women are on display at a Suffolk bar - including a controversial photograph of a young woman.

Art focusing on the female form is on show at Danny's Bar in Sudbury to raise money for a special school in the town, but concerns have been raised from those who have viewed a photograph of a young woman in a bath.

However, Tony Jackson, artist and organiser of the exhibition, insisted his critics had no cause for concern.

“This one photograph is of a very beautiful girl in a bath full of bubbles,” he said.


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“She looks very young, but she is 23 years old - despite looking 15. We did talk about taking it down but I said it is art - it is not rude or erotic.”

The Allure of Women exhibition is being held to raise money for a hydrotherapy pool for the Hillside Special School, part of a fund set up by owner of the bar David Thompson.

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Paintings, drawings and photographs are on display by local artists Mr Jackson, Susuan Lui, John Garbett, Jaquie Jones, John Stevens, Sarah Hyde and David Porteous-Butler.

Mr Jackson, who was in commercial art for more than 30 years before moving to Suffolk, said: “I'm very excited about the exhibition; it is about the beauty of women.

“Almost all of my figures are partially-clothed but some of the other works are nudes - my work is also very realistic while some of the others are very artistic. There is nothing erotic about any of the work.

“The bar is a terrific setting as well - it's very modern and very slick.”

All seven artists have agreed to donate 1% of the proceeds of any sales to Hillside School.

Mr Jackson added: “The fund has already raised £280,000 but they need another £80,000 and my colleagues and I hope to make a significant contribution.”

Future exhibitions are being planned by Mr Jackson and Mr Thompson at the Gainsborough Street bar, which has two floors with a large amount of wall-space for hanging artwork and is not open to children.

lorraine.price@eadt.co.uk

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