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Photo of vomiting woman removed from Leamington show


Artist John Yeadon explains why he used the images

A photograph showing an obese woman vomiting has been removed from an art exhibition in Warwickshire after people complained that it was offensive.

The thumbnail-sized image taken from the internet formed part of an obesity art exhibition at the Bath Place Community Venture in Leamington Spa.

The community centre said the image and three others in the collection were inappropriate for the public space.

John Yeadon, who brought the collection together, said he was being censored.

Mr Yeadon, a former fine arts lecturer at Coventry University, said: "There was no discussion on this, the work was just removed, censored and then nobody came to explain why."

I find it quite repulsive. These are not appropriate images for a public space
Steve Bayliss
Bath Place manager

The four removed images include a picture of an obese, naked man sitting at a computer, another obese, naked man whose skin overhangs the chair he is sitting on, a photo of an obese woman vomiting and another photo of an obese, naked woman eating cake.

Mr Yeadon said he found the pictures while browsing online and decided to include them in his exhibition next to photos of fast food.

The collection, which is called, Fat: The mortality of the eater and the eaten, also includes blown-up images of fatty foods and the last meals of convicted US murderers that have been half eaten.

The exhibition was put up by Mr Yeadon at the weekend in a space in the community centre reserved for use by the Leamington Studio Artists group.

John Yeadon's exhibition featured the death row menu and a naked obese woman eating cake, as pictured on the flyer on the table
The exhibition featured a death row menu and a naked woman eating cake

Bath Place Community Venture manager Steve Bayliss said the first time he saw the images was when he went into work on Monday.

He said: "I find it quite repulsive. These are not appropriate images for a public space."

He said people might expect to see controversial images in an art gallery but a wide range of people used the community centre, including young children, and he felt the four images were unsuitable for the "type of building or place we are".

Some typical comments left about the exhibition in the centre's visitor book said: "This isn't art" and "this is disgusting next to a veggie cafe, no way is this artistic".

Mr Bayliss said a new contract had been drawn up with the Leamington Studio Artists to ensure the centre's prior approval of all art work to be displayed there.

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