Charity erects 'Hey Straight White Men Pass The Power!' billboards
Anger as achingly-fashionable taxpayer-funded charity erects ‘Hey Straight White Men Pass The Power!’ billboards across Britain
- Billboards put up in Southwark and Bury telling straight white men to pass power
- It was made by artist Nadina Ali and put up by project The Artichoke Trust
- But some have reacted with anger and confusion at the content of the message
A poster urging straight white men to ‘pass the power’ has prompted anger from some quarters.
The black and white artworks were put up in Southwark, London, and Bury, Lancs, earlier this week.
But they came to wider attention after a picture of one of them was put online by author Douglas Murray on Twitter.
One incensed social media fan asked: ‘Which straight white men is this imperative sentence aimed at?
‘What ‘power’ is to be ‘passed’? To whom is the ‘power’ to be ‘passed’?’
Another angered Tweeter opined: ‘London seems so disconnected with the rest of England.’
Finally one social media user exclaimed: ‘I have no power. They’re talking about the wealthy elite 1%.
‘They have power, we do not. Why don’t they address them specifically rather than lumping all of us together when 99% of us don’t have an ounce of power we could give in the first place?’
The black and white artworks were put up in Southwark, London, earlier this week by artists
Nadina Ali is the artist behind the work and hails from Marseille and is exhibiting in London
Twitter reaction with confusion and anger after the poster was put online for all to see
The artwork is by an artist called Nadina who hails from Marseille.
They have been put up by art project the Artichoke Trust.
The trust modestly describes itself online as a ‘Producer of extraordinary public arts events’.
It says it was conceived by Creative Director Martin Firrell and curator Bren O’Callaghan.
But research from the Taxpayers’ Alliance claimed it had been given £3million from a government art grant.
Artist Martin Firrell who is behind the Artichoke Trust, which has put up the art posters
Bren O’Callaghan in horror style make-up is the other figure behind the Artichoke Trust
Campaigns manager Elliott Keck told Tom Harwood on GB News the Arts Council should be defunded.
He said: ‘Our policy response is very simple, the Arts Council should be defunded.
‘So it costs we think about £4-500 million a year and that’s money that could be put back into taxpayer’s pockets.
‘Taxpayers will use that money that they see in their pay packets to consume culture, go to museums, go to art galleries, go to shows, whatever it is.’
He also said: ‘It speaks to a problem in the culture of government according to which only the state can provide art, culture, museums, sport, whatever it is.
‘If the state stepped back and said actually let’s leave the British public to decide what should be art and culture, they’re just not going to do it.
‘The British people understand what art and culture is and they’ll pay for it if they have the money.’
In response, a spokesperson from Artichoke, The Gallery said: ‘The artwork in question is one of 10 artworks by 10 different artists and is part of the first exhibition of The Gallery.
‘The Gallery is a new kind of cultural institution without walls, that asks critical and urgent questions about the society we live in.
‘For this first exhibition of The Gallery, we invited artists from around the world to respond to the theme ‘Straight White Male’.
‘The artworks displayed in the exhibition represent a varied, nuanced and thoughtful response to this theme.
‘By working with the Out of Home industry, displaying these images on advertising sites around the UK, The Gallery removes traditional barriers for the public to experience and see great art.
‘We’re not asking that the public should necessarily agree with the statements in any of the artworks, just that they should think about and debate the ideas.
‘The full collection of all 10 artworks may be seen at www.thegallery.org.uk.’
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