Gay student, 19, planning to lose his virginity in front of audience of 100 'in the name of art' picks central London gallery as venue for the controversial 'exhibit'

February 13, 2014 8:21 PM

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A gay student who sparked outrage after announcing he would lose his virginity in front of a crowd of 100 people in the name of art, has chosen a central London venue for the controversial 'exhibit'.

Clayton Pettet, 19, said he will have sex for the first time at the Orange Dot gallery in Bloomsbury for a project entitled 'Art School Stole My Virginity'.

He said he hopes his 'performance art project' - followed by a question and answer session - will challenge the idea of sexuality.

Clayton, who has been planning the event for three years, said he and an anonymous partner will have protected sex and then ask the audience what they thought of the performance.

He wrote on his tumblr page: 'When all my peers at school were losing their virginity it was incredibly hard for me to ask why I was still a virgin and why it meant so much to the people all around me.

Clayton has not told his parents about the project, but has informed his tutors at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.

Speaking about the event last year, he said: 'The key thing about performance art is that it should only be performed once, and this is the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime performance.

'I've held on to my virginity for 19 years, and I'm not throwing it away lightly.

'I want the audience to see if anything has changed between me and my partner.

'For my imagining in sex as an art form, I don't think this falls into that category.

'My issue is around is this the right expression of someone's bodily sexuality? As an art project in front of an audience, where is the love, respect and mutuality in that?

Alex Schady, Programme Director of Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, said: 'Clayton Pettet’s project is not part of his course and has not been endorsed by Central Saint Martins.


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