Artist hits out in mu­ral row

Pain­ter blasts‘neg­a­tive’,‘sad’coun­cil

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Paul Cargill

An artist crit­i­cised by coun­cil bosses for paint­ing a trib­ute to his fa­ther on the side of Perth The­atre in the lead-up to Ar­mistice Day reck­ons he is just do­ing his bit to brighten up the city.

Ian Cuth­bert Im­rie, whose dad was in the Black Watch, blasted the coun­cil for its “neg­a­tive” at­ti­tude to­wards his lat­est work – which shows a Black Watch sol­dier in front of a Scot­land flag – af­ter learn­ing the lo­cal au­thor­ity had said it would be writ­ing to him this week ask­ing him to pay to re­move it.

A Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil spokesper­son an­nounced this week: “We have writ­ten to Mr Im­rie to ad­vise that we will be seek­ing to re­cover costs as­so­ci­ated with the re­moval of his work.

“Mill Street is part of the Perth city con­ser­va­tion area. There is a le­gal re­quire­ment for plan­ning per­mis­sion for work in this area, given its his­toric in­ter­est and char­ac­ter.

“This has been ex­plained to Mr Im­rie sev­eral times but so far he has not sought plan­ning per­mis­sion for his work, and has also cho­sen not to ap­ply for other ad­ver­tised op­por­tu­ni­ties, open to all artists, to cre­ate new art in pub­lic spa­ces on Mill Street.

“As the con­tent of the most re­cent paint­ing re­lates to Re­mem­brance Sun­day, we will not be tak­ing any ac­tion to re­move Mr Im­rie’s work this week.

“But af­ter Ar­mistice Day com­mem­o­ra­tions have fin­ished, we will be re­mov­ing the work.

“Mr Im­rie has in­stalled other works in parts of the city cen­tre, and as he does not have the build­ing owner’s per­mis­sion, or plan­ning ap­proval for th­ese works, we will be re­quir­ing him to ei­ther re­move th­ese works or demon­strate that he has the re­quired per­mis­sions in place for their con­tin­ued dis­play.

“We are very dis­ap­pointed that Mr Im­rie’s ac­tions have re­quired us to take steps to

Ian Cuth­bert Im­rie be­lieves his paint­ings in­ject life re­move his work, but we are keen to sup­port op­por­tu­ni­ties for all artists and we do not be­lieve any sin­gle artist should be treated favourably or dif­fer­ently from oth­ers.”

Mr Im­rie re­sponded yes­ter­day: “It’s all very neg­a­tive and I find it re­ally sad. Perth is slowly dy­ing and it needs some­thing to give it life.”


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