‘Offensive’ artwork spelling ‘porn’ to be reported by Tory leader

Douglas Ross says he will be contacting Moray Council following number of complaints about art installation in Forres.

‘Offensive’ artwork spelling ‘porn’ to be reported by Tory leader Contributed via Gallery Pop
Art installation has sparked complaints in Forres.

An art installation in Moray spelling out the word ‘porn’ is to be reported by Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross following a spate of complaints.

The installation by Gallery Pop in Forres consists of large Scrabble-type letters that have been placed vertically on the wall.

Ross, who is the MP for Moray, said he has received a number of complaints from local residents about the ‘offensive’ sign and would be making the local authority aware.

He said: “Over the weekend I received several complaints from local residents about an offensive sign on the wall of the pop-up gallery in Forres.

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“Given the number of people who got in touch, I contacted the person in charge at the gallery on Sunday and advised them of the complaints.

“I asked if planning permission had been sought for the sign and when I was advised that it had not been I informed them that I would be contacting Moray Council, asking them to look into the situation.”

The gallery, opened by Georgina Porteous earlier this year, is currently showing a range of work by local artists.

It defended its latest installation on Wednesday, saying the decision “was not taken lightly”.

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In a statement, the gallery said: “The piece containing four letters spelling the word ‘porn’, a shortened form of the word ‘pornography’, is intended to highlight how letters come together and create words, which can create an emotional response.

“Art has always been contentious and a platform for discussion which often creates hostility as well as unity.

“Art is intended to open discussion and, in a society where we are always two clicks away from pornography, the installation is a platform to notice our response to this piece.

“The installation does not seek to formulate opinion – only to invite the audience to notice why they have the response they do.”

Police Scotland said it was aware of the complaints and enquiries are ongoing.