Name: Myra

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Europe

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion


Artist: Marcus Harvey

Confronting Bodies: Tabloid press and a few Royal Academy members

Date of Action: 1997

Specific Location: Royal Academy of Arts, London. part of the exhibit Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection

Description of Artwork: painting of imprisoned child murderer Myra Hindley, was created from childrens handprints

Description of Incident: Protesting against the paintings inclusion, a tabloid newspaper paid a mother of Hindleys victims to attend the show whilst Mothers Against Murder and Aggression picketed the exhibition. A member of the public threw ink and eggs at the painting. The work had to be removed and cleaned and then placed behind glass in order to protect it.

Results of Incident: In protest against its inclusion in the show, four academicians of the Royal Academy resigned.

Source: BBC

Submitted By: M. Macdonald

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