Guides to Interpretation

The complicated issues of how legal frameworks impact on artistic freedom of expression are explored in a new series of guides covering counter terrorism, public order, child protection, race and reli …

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Censorship

Time, place, social values and mores are the themes of these pieces, as they explore specific incidents where artworks have been the subject of threatened or actual 'censorship' These works, a …

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Freedom of Expression: part 2

In cases of both import and export, what is obscene is a matter for the customs officers, in the first place, and then for a jury to decide; it is not the same as the meaning of obscene under the Obsc …

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An Inspector Calls

A Metropolitan Police Inspector called upon the Saatchi Gallery in North London last month, ordered the removal of two artworks and a publication related to the exhibition ‘I am a Camera’, and threate …

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An Inspector May Call Again

Readers may recall our report and commentary (AM 245) on the Metropolitan Police Service’s threat to prosecute the photographer Tierney Gearon for showing allegedly indecent photographs of her childre …

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Power Plays: Chimes of Freedom

The attempted censorship of the Power Plays exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery by Hull City Council in October raises issues of the greatest importance. An explanation of its legal facets will enabl …

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Cell Block

Dear Prisoner 035178 You will have wondered why you failed to receive your April copy of Art Monthly (#235), which was posted to you as usual last month. It was received at the prison on April 20, but …

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Displaying Student Work

Now that the annual round of degree shows is completed, one particular issue has been very prevalent this season and remains an unclear and often challenging area. Showing students’ artworks to the pu …

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Freedom of Expression: part 1

Most totalitarian regimes have an Official Censor: we don’t. But there are still ways in which public authorities and private individuals and organisations are able to restrict freedom of expression. …

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F**K

Last month’s Late Item (AM 145), “Three little words’, is reproduced here in full since it succinctly sets out a serious incident which we will explore, in more detail: ‘On March 22, an exhibition of …

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