Charities Regulator have questions to answer on removal of Repeal mural
Labour Party spokesperson on Community Arts, Councillor Rebecca Moynihan, has said that the removal of the Maser Repeal the 8th mural at the Project Arts Centre is an affront to democracy and freedom of expression.
Councillor Moynihan said:
“The news today that the Maser Repeal the 8th mural is to be painted over on Monday due to pressure from the Charities Regulator is disappointing.
“The Project Arts Centre has always been a political space for those involved in the arts sphere. For the Charities Regulator to threaten their charitable status over a hugely popular mural is an affront to democracy.
“Will the Charities Regulator plan to censor other arts organisations for political activity?
“Maser’s work around the city has provoked many over the years. His ‘U Are Alive’ artwork is celebrated and promoted. It is a shame that because this piece is slightly more political it is to be removed for the second time.
“This most recent attempt to silence debate and stifle momentum around Repeal the 8th will not work and I am fully supportive of the Project Arts Centre and of Maser.
“We cannot continue to paint over our problems.”