Ray Barry will be standing for J4MB in the May 2015 general election. He’s the leader of Real Fathers for Justice, and we decided to film him protesting about a sculpture recently erected outside the new Birmingham library. The sculpture was created by Gillian Wearing and it’s titled, ‘A Real Birmingham Family’. The absence of a father in the group has sparked a considerable amount of media controversy.
In the minutes before we recorded this piece, a number of people came to see the sculpture. We engaged them in conversation and they, too, were angry that £100,000 of public money had been spent on a sculpture of a family which excluded a father.
Unfortunately it was very windy on the day we visited the sculpture, and this affected the quality of the audio recording in parts. We hope, however, that you’ll grasp the essence of Ray’s protest – here.