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Last Updated: Monday, 8 March, 2004, 13:20 GMT
Police called to naked exhibition
Specialist police officers are to visit a gallery after concerns a photographic exhibit featuring an artist's naked daughter could be "indecent".

The exhibition was part of the Spit Lit festival, celebrating women's writing.

Metropolitan police officers were called to London's Spitz Gallery on Sunday by the owner.

Scotland Yard later confirmed that officers from the obscene publications unit, would visit the gallery on Monday to give advice.

We are seeking legal advice. In the meantime, we have taken the course of action which has been advised by the police.
Spitz gallery spokesman
A spokesman for the gallery said the piece was not currently on display, and the organisation wanted to get on with the business of being a vital creative space.

He added: "We are seeking legal advice. In the meantime, we have taken the course of action which has been advised by the police."

The artist, Betsy Schneider, was said to be amazed at the reaction to the pictures which feature naked images of her daughter, Madeleine.

Reaction

A Scotland Yard spokesman added: "Officers attended the gallery on March 7 at the request of the owner of the gallery who wanted advice as to whether the photographs on display were indecent.

"No complaints have been made to the police.

"The matter has been passed on to the obscene publications unit and they will attend at some point today to see if the images are indecent."

Two years ago police threatened to seize three of American photographer Tierney Gearon's images of her children in the nude from the Saatchi gallery in London.

A police report was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service but there was no case brought for prosecution and the photos remained on display.




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