Recent contentious cases of children in art
Until now, no
artist has been convicted of their artwork being child sexual abuse materials. In 2008, the
fracas over the work of artist Bill Henson divided opinion and had many
ramifications including changes being made to legislation and new funding body
The most recent
contentious art censorship case is that of Melbourne artist Paul Yore who was fighting charges of producing and possessing child sexual abuse materials, related to
photographic images that were removed in 2013 from his exhibition, Everything
is F---ed, at the Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts in St Kilda, Melbourne.
The first hearing
of his case was held in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday 14th
February 2014, Yore’s barrister Neil Clelland, contested the charges in the committal hearing held in mid-August. On 1 October 2014, Magistrate Amanda Chambers dismissed each of the charges under the common law right to freedom of expression, and the statutory right to freedom to impart information and ideas of all kinds, including by way of art. For more information, see the Arts Law Case Note.