Caught on Camera: Shocking Truth About Art Gallery Row

Marc Wadsworth - EXCLUSIVE

Today The-Latest breaks new ground with an extraordinary video which shows the warfare being waged at a publicly funded British community arts centre. This is an example of much-needed citizen journalism - coming at a time when other parts of the news media have been dumbed down and become reliant on 'churnalism' (the lazy reproduction of press releases).

In our short film, the curator of the 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning centre at Brixton, Predrag Padjic, confronts the gallery's director Lucy Davies and trustee Sam Uwadiae who fired him over his allegations of sleaze, reported on camera by me. Openly gay Padjic has accused Davies' husband Audley Campbell, who is employed at the gallery as head of special projects, of aggressive harassment. But Padjic's main concerns centre on what he claims are mismanagement and corruption. And he says he has been scapegoated for whistleblowing Management accuse Padjic of poor treatment of particularly Black women at the gallery and a vendetta against Davies and Campbell - charges he denies.

The row came to a head this month when Davies insisted that the work of controversial Jamaican photographer Peter Dean Rickards, a self-styled media terrorist, be included in the current Crime and Punishment exhibition at the gallery. Homophobe and death threat-making Rickards had been waging a four year long hate campaign against British couple Graham Brown-Martin, his wife Irene and their young daughter

Under pressure from the Brown-Martin family, senior anti-hate crime police, MP Joan Ruddock and gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, the gallery's trustees ordered Davies to withdraw Rickards' three photographs.

Because of her friendship with the people who run a Jamaican art gallery which features Rickards' work, Davies wanted them kept in despite the fact that they glamorised guns and caused deep offence to the Brown-Martin family . Take a look at our video which uncovers the truth about this scandalous affair.

The 13-minutes of Tv is both shocking in its raw honesty as well as being a sometimes farcical comedy of damning evidence. Sam Uwadiae, who appears to have taken over line management responsibilities from the chair of the trustees Clarence Thompson, can be seen taking down a damaging notice about Padjic from the door of the 198 gallery at the end of the film. But it is still on the gallery's website and Padjic is talking to lawyers about suing management at the 198 gallery for smearing his good name.

* Camera operator: Deborah Hobson


3 Responses to "Caught on Camera: Shocking Truth About Art Gallery Row"

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Thu, 09/18/2008 - 16:32
<p><strong><u>Chris Gaynor</u></strong></p>I have watched the video and applaud the-latest for uncovering this debacle. It seems to me this gallery needs a shake up and appears to be run very badly indeed. I&#39;ve always said that if government is run badly from the top, it filters down the ranks, even to private companies, etc. Exactly what this media in Britain needs more of...exposes like this one...


Thu, 09/18/2008 - 21:42
<p><font style="background-color: #e2e2e2">I was at the gallery several times and | was truly shocked by the people in &quot;charge&quot;!!!</font></p><p><font style="background-color: #e2e2e2">I have met Lucy Davis and her beloved husband Audley ( who is hardly ever there ) but is holding serious position unfamiliar to the rest of the world!!!</font></p><p>I hope that the truth will come out very soon for everyone to see and justice will be served to people who are real artists and care for their work!!!</p><p>Someone should put&nbsp;  a stop to people who are abusing their work place/position and 198 is definitely one of them and in desperate need of being put right!!!</p>


Fri, 09/19/2008 - 16:50
<div><p><strong>Such &#39;DAMNING CITIZEN JOURNALISM&#39; eh Predrag...? Such &#39;SHOCKING TRUTH!!!!!&quot;</strong></p><p><strong>You seem so intimidated in these e-mails you sent me. You&#39;re were so BRAVE! </strong><br /></p><br /></div>- On <strong>Wed, 7/30/08, Predrag Pajdic <em>&lt;;</em></strong> wrote:<br />From: Predrag Pajdic &lt;;<br />Subject: Re: &lt;no subject&gt;<br />To: &quot;Peter Dean Rickards&quot; &lt;;<br />Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 12:38 AM<br /><p>&quot; </p><p> That&#39;s great, thank you very much Peter.<br /></p><div id="yiv1112834348"><font face="Verdana, Helvetica, Arial"><span style="font-size: 12px"> Yes I think these 3 images are just perfect for this show.<br /> Will you be able to send those in a <span style="border-bottom: 1px dashed #0066cc; cursor: pointer" class="yshortcuts">high resolution</span> to us,<br /> So we can organise printing here.<br /> <br /> Also I will need the titles for images and year o production.<br /> That would be it<br /> <br /> THANK YOU<br /> Predrag<br /> </span></font><br /><blockquote><font face="Verdana, Helvetica, Arial"><span style="font-size: 12px"> <br /> --- On <strong>Tue, 7/22/08, Predrag Pajdic <em>&lt;<span style="border-bottom: 1px dashed #0066cc; cursor: pointer" class="yshortcuts"></span>&gt;</em></strong> wrote:<br /> </span></font><blockquote><font face="Verdana, Helvetica, Arial"><span style="font-size: 12px">From: Predrag Pajdic &lt;;<br /> Subject: &lt;no subject&gt;<br /> To: <span style="border-bottom: 1px dashed #0066cc; cursor: pointer" class="yshortcuts"></span><br /> Cc: &quot;<span style="border-bottom: 1px dashed #0066cc; background: transparent none repeat scroll 0% 50%; cursor: pointer; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial" class="yshortcuts"></span>&quot; &lt;;<br /> Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2008, 4:05 AM<br /> <br /> Dear Peter,<br /> <br /> I looked carefully through your work and for this particular project I thing<br /> that these works would be just perfect:<br /> <br /> B1 D3 and 10<br /> <br /> Please let me know what you think about it<br /> <br /> All<br /> the best<br /> Predrag<br /> <br /> </span></font></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote><br /><p>&nbsp;</p><p>By the way Wadsworth, did you ever stop to wonder why no respectable media source has<strong> EVER</strong> published what this Handheld dork Graham Brown-Martin has been feeding you, despite the fact that he&#39;s repeatedly e-mailed this story to every last one of them over the last 4 years?</p><p>You must be either his very good friend or just a really bad journalist who has nothing to lose. Then again, Graham has no friends except his Iphone. </p><p>But even if you <em>are</em> a really bad journalist (I guess that&#39;s what the &#39;citizen&#39; stuff is all about) ,is it really that difficult to understand that this is simply a personal vendetta being waged by an obsessed, chinless loser who embarrassed himself in Jamaica years ago and is <em>still</em> trying to recapture some of his long lost dignity? </p><p>So, instead of telling the story truthfully, he resorts to the easiest method he knows (after he sees the art show flyer and freaks out like the bedwetting little coward he is) :<strong>&quot; I KNOW IRENE ! HE&#39;S JAMAICAN!!! HE MUST BE A HOMOPHOBE!!! EVERYONE WILL BELIEVE THAT!!!! YA! THAT&#39;S IT! LETS CALL THE POLICE AGAIN! LETS SOMEHOW TIE IN THE GUN THING AND SAY THAT THE PICTURES OF GUNS IN KINGSTON ARE GOING TO ENCOURAGE GUN CRIME IN THE UK!!! YES! THATS IT! &quot; </strong></p><p> &quot;Internet evidence&quot; huh? </p><p>Death threats over a projector? Lemme guess. Graham told you that when people get killed in Jamaica its either drug related or a bloody feud over a Sony LCD? </p><p>Dangerous, gay-murdering Jamaican photographers from Kingston (by way of, causing him to fortify his house in the UK like a prison? <br /></p><p>Annoying the police because you don&#39;t like what someone has said about you on a message board ? (but they are complacent!!!!)</p><p>Messing with people&#39;s jobs and livelihood is all worth it it if means getting 3 more readers to look at your no-traffic little green blog huh? Yet you&#39;re the first one to leap across that desk with your big buggy eyes to talk about <strong><em>&#39;growing up black in Brixton.</em></strong>&quot; ( That <em>was </em>pretty funny was watching Predrag trying to get his job back by saying: <em><strong>&#39; I didn&#39;t say I had RESIGNED I said i was RESIGNING&quot;</strong></em>....classic!). </p><p>Wow...If only we here in Jamaica had the luxury of problems like &#39;message board abuse&#39; instead of daily stuff like <strong><u><a href="">THIS</a></u> </strong>to waste police resources on. </p><p>Talk about a bunch of disconnected morons. </p><p>Carry on though! </p><p>It&#39;s fun watching you dummies dig your own holes and I also enjoyed the <strong><em>&#39;EXTRAORDINARY GROUND BREAKING VIDEO!!!&#39; </em></strong>(where do you come up with these headlines anyway? I thought they frowned on that sort of language in Britain..even if you did learn it at the <em>prestigious </em>City School). </p><p> Graham,you&#39;re almost 50! Jesus man! Your kids will soon be old enough to Google this stuff. Even if you don&#39;t mind being constantly mocked for your own embarassing behaviour, at least think of them! You keep this stuff up and they&#39;re gonna run off to Africa and marry black guys or something. </p><p>Oh, and time try to remember you&#39;re not at a<em> homophobic Yardie dance ok?</em> Try holding the thing steady next time alright? Editing out the big blacks gaps might make it look a bit more <em>groundbreaking</em> as well. The gully look nah mek it and you&#39;re <em>not</em> gonna get an internship at the Beeb that way. <br /></p></blockquote><font face="Verdana, Helvetica, Arial"><span style="font-size: 12px"><br /> </span></font> </div>