United Kingdom: Political artwork censored at ‘Banned’ festival

8 February 2013

A piece of work by controversial artist, poet and campaigner Vince Laws on show at the Jubilee Library in Hove, United Kingdom, was censored and removed by the city council.


“Our general policy is that we do not display material promoting a particular political, philosophical or religious view point”, a spokesperson for the council said.

The piece is a comment on government benefit cuts to the low paid and people on disabled benefits. It is called ‘Eat the Poor’ and has references to the Lib Dems and Tories covered and censored with white cardboard.

Vince Laws said: “It was interesting for me to test exactly how tolerant a city Brighton and Hove actually is. I called my exhibition BANNED and waited to see what the boundaries were for freedom of expression. If the authorities don’t agree with what I paint, challenge what I say, don’t censor it.”

Vince Laws: Eat the Poor

The exhibition BANNED at the Jubilee Library runs until 14 February 2013 and features a long banner on the libraries main windows spelling out the word BANNED in fake blood.

Gscene – 6 February 2013:
Political artwork censored at Jubilee Library
Artist’s jibe at Lib Dems and Tories censored at city library. By James Ledward

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