No pay claim for non appearance

BELLINGEN performance group Pataphysics Productions has apologised for not performing at the opening night of the Flesh exhibition at the Coffs Harbour City Gallery last December.

Elizabeth Routledge from the group claims the Coffs Harbour City Gallery offered 'inappropriate' payment and this is why the performance had not gone ahead.

"We feel our contribution would have added another dimension to the important debate surrounding the contro- versial aspects of the exhibition," Ms Routledge said.

"We felt it to be inappropriate to the level of expertise and professionalism that Pataphysics Productions had brought to the creation of an original performance."

In response, the director of the Coffs Harbour City Gallery, Sandra Warner, said in no way did the gallery want to cause controversy with the group.

"The group contacted the gallery to do the performance and I assumed they were an amateur group. At no stage was any money mentioned," Ms Warner said.

When Ms Warner received an invoice for $300 she phoned the group and said the gallery would not be prepared to spend that sort of money.

After considering the idea Ms Warner said she was prepared to use petty cash to pay for props and she would let them pass the hat around after their display. The group said they were insulted by the offer.

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