We haven't been given the opportunity to talk about the work to Helen France, the Director of Places for Blackpool Council, who ordered it to be removed, or show her the finished work. As such, we still haven't been given the facts as to why the work was removed. As mentioned in the previous statement we are committed artists, we both have BA(hons) in fine art, Sarah Jay also has an MA from the Royal College of Art. We have both independently received grants for the arts funding from Arts Council England in the past five years to develop our work. We have a good track record of successfully working with communities on arts projects and believe that art and cultural are central to successful regeneration. I think our professional experience demonstrates our commitment to a high level of artistic quality.
What little information that has been passed down to us suggests that somebody thought the picture of the unfinished work made the shop look like a brothel. Again the work has been judged one day in to a three week installation period. The thought never crossed either of our minds. We were creating a piece about the Blackpool we know, and brothels are not central to that perception. In our view of Blackpool we were drawing parallels to the Christmas display windows of Binns that we used to get so excited about as children and the drama of the stage sets at the Winter Gardens and the Grand Theatre.
We feel it is really unfortunate that Helen France has not taken the time to view the final piece or talk to anyone about the project, if she had have taken this time she would have understood the piece was promoting Blackpool using the beautiful archive and celebrating Blackpool's rich history.
The pictures below show some of the work. They do not document accurately the different levels and layers that the piece worked on. Please see previous statement for a full explanation of the work.