News

The photo deemed too controversial for an art festival

Visually impaired artist Dennis Mealor is outraged his artwork was removed from the Bundaberg Arts Festival because it portrays a nude woman.
Visually impaired artist Dennis Mealor is outraged his artwork was removed from the Bundaberg Arts Festival because it portrays a nude woman.

A VISION-IMPAIRED artist feels his "wings have been clipped" after his photographic entry of a naked, mature-aged woman was withdrawn from the Bundaberg Arts Festival for being too controversial.

Visually impaired artist Dennis Mealor is outraged his artwork was removed from the Bundaberg Arts Festival because it portrays a nude woman.
Visually impaired artist Dennis Mealor is outraged his artwork was removed from the Bundaberg Arts Festival because it portrays a nude woman.

"The model turned up as well to see herself and it wasn't there," he said.

Mr Mealor approached the Bundaberg Arts Festival Association President, Wendy Francis, who told him the full-frontal nudity displayed in the photo was inappropriate and the committee decided to withdraw the piece.

"I think the committee was wrong in this case," he said.

The photo in question, titled Viva Italia, after model Cara Clarke's Italian heritage, featured the naked woman standing in a doorway at the Artist in Residence room at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery.

"Twenty five years ago I was going to the Arts Festival and there were full-frontal photos then; they were done by a neighbour of mine," Mr Mealor said.

"It blew my socks off when they withdrew it."

The shocked artist said he did not understand why he had not been told before the festival opening why his work had been pulled.

"Nudity in art has been here for thousands of years," he said.

"Every legitimate art gallery in Australia would be fine with it."

Mr Mealor said it was a disappointing end to what is looking to be his last Bundaberg Arts Festival.

"I'm planning on leaving Bundaberg at some point and now it's kind of not really a good ending," he said.

Mrs Francis told the NewsMail she would not comment on the incident because she felt there had not been enough media coverage given to the weekend's festival.

The NewsMail is one of the Crush Festival's sponsors.

"We have the right to withdraw any piece entered," she said.

"Dennis was given a full explanation."

Do you think the photo should have been withdrawn from the festival?

This poll ended on 03 October 2013.

Current Results

Yes, I agree with the decision

20%

No way, it's just art

79%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  art bundaberg arts festival photography



Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

A CITY drenched in culture, Brisbane is again flaunting an arts and culture events calendar fit for a queen.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

Community support the building block for business winners

AMAZING: Kleidon Masterbuilt Homes' Melissa Steele accepts the Trades Business of the Year gong.

"When we got the People's Choice, my legs were like jelly”

Youth jobs crisis gets worse in Bundaberg

TOUGH TIMES: Labor's Leanne Donaldson says youth unemployment is a major issue.

The opposition claims 700 youth jobs were lost in Wide Bay last year

Local Partners

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

BEN Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day in a joint announcement.

Why The Voice hasn't produced a star

Boy George responds to Brittania Clifford-Pugh's heart-warming message.

It's the industry, not the show, says Boy George

These actors hated their movies and didn’t mind admitting it

Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans in a scene from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Every year, Hollywood blesses us with plenty of God awful movies.

Miranda Kerr and fiance hang up backyard tent for wedding

The decorators and caterers are arriving for the final preparations for the wedding of Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel. Pictures: Splash

Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr are set to marry today

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

I appreciated Freedman's blunt honesty in the book

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!