Museum Tales 2: The Naughty Chair

Creative Future run creative writing courses at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery for marginalised writers. Dr Claudia Gould, the group facilitator, encourages participants to use Museum objects to inspire their work. Funded by the Arts Council England, these groups will be running again in spring 2015. If you’re interested in attending please contact Creative Future (01273 234780) for further information.

Creative Future run the creative writing workshops in partnership with Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

The Naughty Chair by Jasmine Sharif

Razor Wire Chair

It would make a wonderful naughty chair. It’s huge and wide-seated and made of barbed wire. And I would love to see my most hated teacher from school sit down on it as a punishment. She was a boho who skimmed down corridors leaving long colourful delicate scarves floating in her wake. And yet, she would have had us “ooh” and “aaah” at the chair as a
great invention. With her, we had to worship the twentieth century. “Well, worship that, Teach!” I can see the big red “O” of her mouth in a huge howl of pain as big as the chair. I step back and admire the woman I’ve compelled to sit on a seat
with painted metal spikes that stick into her pale pasty flesh.
That’s Art for you. Ignoring her pleas to be let off the chair and the small first trickles of blood beginning to run down the huge grey wire wheels of its legs. I have no pity for her. But, she makes a wonderful exhibit. I arrange for the gallery staff to tie her into the chair overnight and walk away.

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