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90 tour Crawford Gallery...in the nude!

Wednesday, 7th November, 2018 4:50pm

Up to 90 people recently visited the Crawford Art Gallery in the nip!

As part the Naked Truth exhibition, the gallery arranged for three group tours to see the exhibition in the nude. While the first group just saw the Naked Truth art display, the second and third group were treated to the whole gallery.

Michael Waldron, Assistant Curator, was the guide for the three tours.

He said: “I was clothed. The option was there for me to be naked and I didn’t really mind that idea but all of the staff were clothed so I stayed in the uniform.

“It was a joy to do. Those on it were curious about the content and the overall experience was very relaxed. Everyone respected other each.”

Dyane Hanrahan, Marketing and Communications Manager, at Crawford Art Gallery told the newspaper said that there was a great cross section of males and females off all ages. The nude tours were conducted out of normal gallery hours.

She said: “It was a fantastic experience for us. We responded from requests from the public to do it. We wouldn’t rule out doing it again but it’s important that it’s done with a relevant exhibition like this one.

“They met in a meeting point just like every tour and there was a section where they could change and everyone disrobed together. They were then met by the tour guide.”

Dyane said that the gallery didn’t receive any official complaints but one or two people did raise their eyebrows and, she said, there was the odd comment about what the city centre gallery was organised.

She said the lack of complaints represents a new era for Ireland.

“What struck me was that I was in my clothes and I felt like the odd one out. What also struck me, when I was looking the bodies from a distance, was the warmth of their skin tone and the beauty of the body. The people who were wearing clothes looked less attractive, oddly enough, they looked different,” added Dyane.

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