Organisers say the exhibition is designed to “integrate areas of human knowledge that exist outside the boundaries of traditional art making” .Indeed. Only likely to provoke the people who’ll issue angry letters to the newspapers or denounce you in the ‘church Times’, of course…
Among the more controversial pieces are two from Paul Fryer, whose works include an ape being crucified on a cross and a waxwork of a black Jesus being electrocuted.
In a promotional brochure he admitted the images were “provocative”.
The director of All Visual Arts admitted some people would be shocked by the exhibition but rejected suggestions it was designed to purely shock.By poking fun at safe targets, and ensuring real taboos (the sort likely to get you stabbed to death in the streets or fleeing the country) are safe.
The curator, 49, dismissed such claims as “ridiculous” and “shallow”, adding that art should “create curiosity and promote learning”.