I have worked in a large gallery for ten years. I never say which because we are not supposed to talk about stuff that goes on. However, I’ve got something good-ish to say (for once) about whoever makes the rules there.
I don’t think I’m giving too much away if I say my employer receives money from BP, since a lot of museums do. And so ‘we’ get protesters.
The gallery stance is to spot activists before they get in, and keep them out. Easier said than done, with budgets lower than ever. Most of my colleagues privately have total sympathy with Greenpeace. Not sure about the top brass, mind.
I have seen many protesters and they have ALL been polite, quiet, non-violent and have left absolutely no mess behind.
We are told never to touch them and to calmly let them get on with their peaceful protest, which is over before you know it, and to make sure the public (who are never in any danger) come to no harm.
Grabbing a protester, the way Mark Field did, is totally unprofessional.
The above picture is uncredited and taken from this weekend’s i. It shows him grabbing Lucia Hunt. You can read the full article in one of my posts from a week ago, as I stitched Ms Hunt to my ‘thing’ as the ‘face of the day’ on account of this ‘kiss’. It’s the post where the first image is Gove and Stewart, but if you scroll along, you can see this other unprofessional incident. And also about how the Foreign Secretary referred to his partner as Japanese, when she is actually Chinese.
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