Anorak News | Show And Tell: Bill Henson In The Playground

Show And Tell: Bill Henson In The Playground

by | 5th, October 2008

“PREMIER John Brumby has demanded an investigation into how controversial artist Bill Henson was allowed to visit a Victorian primary school to find young models.”

To Australia…

Mr Brumby has ordered an urgent inquiry into how Henson was allowed to tour the Melbourne school to look for boys and girls for his artwork, which often features children in various states of undress and nudity.

To the changing rooms…

The Department of Education and Early Childhood refused to name the school, but sources last night named St Kilda Park Primary School.

Mr Brumby joined in a chorus of concern about the claims. “Such activity in a state school is completely inappropriate,” he said.

Public school is the usual place for this type of stuff, care homes or orphanages…

“Like all parents, I have a deep concern about this sort of behaviour and I’ve asked the Education Minister for a full report from the department and the school on this matter.”

The revelation that Henson wandered the playground at lunchtime, accompanied by the school’s principal, is made in a book, The Henson Case, by journalist David Marr.

The school now has a new principal…

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said: “If the report is accurate, I am disgusted by it. I think parents would be revolted and horrified if this were true.”

Horrified, if accurate. Get the sound-bite in, regarless of fact. Go on the record. But, then, no comment is comment…

Sue Cato, Henson’s publicist, said: “He did not wander around the school, he was supervised the whole time and followed strict protocols.”

In May, police closed a Henson exhibition in Sydney, seizing 32 photographs including one of a naked girl, 12.


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