Franksy’s Exmouth seafront art removed from DJ’s

PUBLISHED: 06:30 27 August 2016

Artwork, installed at DJ's Cafe by artists 'Franksy', has now been taken down by the district council

Artwork, installed at DJ's Cafe by artists 'Franksy', has now been taken down by the district council

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Disappointment has been expressed over the district council’s decision to remove artwork which decorated a boarded-up seafront café.

The pictures, given the title ‘Dunnock Meedown Café’, were taken down from the former DJs Café site by district council officers.

The building has been earmarked for demolition to make way for the planned sea front redevelopment.

The artist, known as ‘Franksy’, has since collected the art work from the council’s Camperdown Terrace depot.

Franksy left a message attached to the pictures claiming to be ‘responsible’ residents who would ‘unwrap’ the art in due course.

Louise McAllister, of campaign group Save Exmouth Seafront (SES), says there was ‘political message’ to the art but was disappointed to see it go.

She said: “The art work installed by ‘Franksy’ seemed like a really positive addition to the seafront, so I was very surprised to learn it was taken down so quickly by EDDC.

“It seemed very clear that Franksy cares about Exmouth.

“There is an out-of-date circus poster nearby, and graffiti that often gets left for weeks, so this was an unusually speedy response from EDDC. In the short time that the art work was in place, it seems to have attracted a great deal of attention so it would be great to see EDDC work with local artists, including those with a political message, to bring more art and creative inspiration to the seafront and the rest of the town in the future.”

An EDDC spokesman said: “The council is willing to consider requests from local artists to display appropriate artwork in locations owned by East Devon District Council.

“However, in this case, no permission had been sought by the artist and the artwork had been affixed to a council owned property without the consent of the council.

“In these situations, the council will always remove artwork and, where possible, will keep it safe until it can be returned to the person responsible for it.”


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