Innovators 2 Media Release
Innovators 1 Media Release
Witness Media Release
Linden Art Prize Winners Media
The Board of Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts is extremely
concerned that charges have been laid against Paul Yore.
The decision to charge an artist for work exhibited in a gallery
raises real questions about censorship and the freedom of artistic
expression. We believe that it is the role of contemporary art to
challenge assumptions and inspire robust debate.
Paul Yore is an emerging artist who studied painting at Monash
University. Paul Yore has exhibited in several solo and group shows
in public galleries and artist run spaces including Heide Museum of
Modern Art, Federation Square, The Substation, Gertrude
Contemporary, Westspace, and Trocadero Art Space. He also featured
in Gertrude Contemporaries Melbourne Art Fair Project Room in
As this matter will be before the courts, we cannot comment on
the substance of the case. Our thoughts are with Paul.
Linden Board of Management Inc
Everything is f#@ked. Now what?
We are deeply concerned about the events of recent weeks and the
impact of these events on Paul Yore and the other artists involved
in the Like
Mike - Now What?? exhibition.
We acknowledge that questions have been asked about our response
to this matter and are acutely aware of the concerns of the
community and of those who have had difficulty understanding our
decision to temporarily close the gallery and seek classification
for the work. These decisions were not taken lightly and were
debated vigorously, with all points of view considered. Ultimately,
the decision was made to temporarily close the Gallery while we
worked through the complex issues which included obtaining greater
clarity on the legal issues faced by Paul and the Centre and the
substance of the police concerns, practical and moral rights
considerations in keeping an incomplete exhibition on show with
works removed by police without the artists' consent and safety and
wellbeing concerns for our staff and visitors. Classification in
this case serves to notify visitors of the nature of the work in
terms that are well understood in the broader community, and
enables us to continue to exhibit the works in the manner intended
by the artist and the Gallery.
As it became clearer that the police investigation and the
classification process were going to take longer than we hoped, we
became increasingly uncomfortable with the gallery being closed. As
such, and on the basis that the works of the other artists, namely
Fergus Binns, Trevelyan Clay & Kate Smith, Jan Lucas, Simon
Pericich, Nick Selenitsch & Alex Selenitsch were not in
question, the gallery reopened on Tuesday 11 June
Yesterday, we were notified by the Australian Classification
Board that elements of the work by Paul Yore are considered
Classification 1 - Restricted. This means that the work is
considered to contain adult content and should be restricted to
people 18 years and over. We are working through what this means in
practical terms and will continue to consult with all the artists
and our stakeholders when making decisions about how best to
proceed. It is important to note that we understand no charges have
been laid against Paul and we hope this will remain the case.
The police seized a number of items from Paul's installation at the
gallery and classification was sought on Paul's work in its altered
We hope it can be appreciated that this has been a complex
matter, where we have tried to find the right balance in managing
our artistic, legal and moral responsibilities. Indeed, some
observers have considered that we haven't always got this balance
right. However, we can assure everyone that while it may not always
be evident externally, we have been working tirelessly to resolve
all the issues in a timely and appropriate way as well as manage
the concerns of all the artists and our stakeholders.
It's crucial that the issues raised about Paul's work are viewed
in the context of the exhibition and the intent of his work.
Like Mike - Now What?? pays homage to legendary
Australian artist Mike Brown his energy and restlessness, his use
of materials and his intuitive processes. From periods of
pornographic collage, political satire and commentary, Mike Brown
challenged art audiences with his "anything goes" approach to art
making and exhibition. The artists selected for the exhibition have
in some way been influenced by Mike or are working in a similar
mode. The exhibition was intended to celebrate the legacy of an
acclaimed and controversial artist, who pushed boundaries as
contemporary art often does.
As Paul has stated, the intent behind his work is to confront
fear, boredom, confusion and apathy. Like Mike Brown, Paul's
work is conversational, confrontational and uncompromising.
Linden Centre for Contemporary Art plays an important role in
the community as a vibrant, evolving place for the creation and
presentation of contemporary art; a place where audiences are
encouraged to enjoy and support contemporary art and where the
artist's own vision is unlimited. Our stated mission is to support
and promote contemporary art by creating opportunities for artists
to present innovative and uncompromising art and presenting art
that encourages risk. The exhibition is consistent with our
The exhibition has re-opened and we will be extending our
opening hours in the hope that as many people as possible will come
and see this amazing exhibition. We hope that you have the
opportunity to come and take a look and make your own assessment
about the artistic merit of the work.
Once all the controversy surrounding the exhibition has passed
over, which we sincerely hope will be very soon, we very much look
forward to participating in a robust discussion with the community
and artists about the issues of censorship and the freedom of
Thank you for your continued support.
Linden Board of Management Inc