Health chiefs pud an end to show with human blood
News Saturday 12 Feb 2005
A GRUESOME art exhibition involving a human-blood black pudding has been
cancelled by city health inspectors.
Glasgow-based artists John Beagles and Graham Ramsay were planning to
cook the pudding, made from a mixture of their own blood, at a performance
art festival at the Royal Scottish Academy this afternoon.
But the festivals organisers said the show had been abandoned after
environmental health officers decided to investigate. And the National
Galleries of Scotland also put a stop to the performance, part of the
five-day Body Parts festival. A
spokeswoman for NGS said: "Following a risk assessment, it was felt
that, in the interests of hygiene and public safety, the live performance
should not go ahead."
Kate Downie, president of the Society of Scottish Artists, added: "The
city council sent an environmental health officer to see what they were
doing. They kicked up an incredible stink and said there is no way you
can do this. "I think they made the assumption we would be sloshing
human blood all over the place. Originally they were going to be slicing
it up and offering it around to the audience, not with the intention that
anybody would actually eat it."
Beagles and Ramsay,
who previously exhibited in New Yorks Museum of Modern Art, were
set to combine a pint of blood each with traditional black pudding ingredients
such as barley and suet.
Mr Beagles, 34, said the puddings, pre-cooked, would still form part of
an exhibition at the gallery.