Nude paintings removed from cathedral art show after complaints from worshippers

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The images were removed from the Portsmouth and Hampshire Art Society’s (PHAS) summer show because churchgoers were left ‘distressed’Credit: Solent News & Photo Agency The exhibition takes place every year inside Portsmouth Cathedral The exhibition takes place every year inside Portsmouth CathedralCredit:Solent News & Photo Agency Mr Goodwood said: “This was my first proper exhibition, so it makes me sad my paintings have been misconstrued in this way,’ he said. “Nudity itself is not a sexual thing, it’s just a human form, and there is a lot of it in religious art – look at the Sistine Chapel for example. “I was conscious to make these images respectful and I’m actually very pleased with the way they turned out – but I’ve found myself rather embarrassed with the effect they’ve had.” The images were removed from the Portsmouth and Hampshire Art Society's (PHAS) summer show because churchgoers were left 'distressed' A spokesperson for the Diocese of Portsmouth said: “Portsmouth Cathedral aims to be a space open to everybody. Whenever a public exhibition takes place in a church it is important to consider how it relates to our main purpose of being a place for prayer, reflection, and worship. “Initially the paintings were considered to be suitable for the exhibition, but a number of regular cathedral users expressed distress about their presence, and in consultation with The Portsmouth and Hampshire Art Society it was decided to remove them from the exhibition.”This decision is not a reflection on the quality of the artist’s work, but on our duty to balance the needs of all those who come to the cathedral.” Nude paintings have been pulled from a cathedral art show after parishioners complained they were too ‘in your face’.Artist Joe Greenwood, 40, was given the green light to exhibit four acrylic canvas works of the naked body on the walls at Portsmouth Cathedral.But the images were removed from the Portsmouth and Hampshire Art Society’s (PHAS) summer show just five days later because churchgoers were left ‘distressed’.Irene Strange, PHAS publicity officer, said some members of the cathedral’s congregation had complained because the images were too ‘in your face’. The pictures have now been returned to Mr Goodwood’s home. read more

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