‘Ivor Adenuff’ protests for Preston creative community at The Met launch

Posted on - 14th May, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, People, Preston Council, Preston News
Ivor Adenuff played by Tim Saunders
Ivor Adenuff played by Tim Saunders

A protest took place at the launch of The Met on Wednesday (11 May).


Ivor Adenuff, played by artist Tim Saunders, greeted guests at the VIP event to complain about what he says is a lack of local input to the project.

In a script seen by Blog Preston, Ivor referred to a Lancashire Fringe Festival event taking place on the same night at the Continental.

He said: “If you are here to attend the event supporting local creatives, you should make your way to the Continental where the local creatives event is taking place shortly.

“If you are here to attend the event supporting London architects and Manchester-based artists funded by local creatives’ money then please stay here.

“I would like to apologise for any confusion caused by Preston City Council who keep mistaking London as part of Preston and The Preston Model but I’m sure we can all agree it’s an easy mistake to make.”

Tim Saunders as Ivor Adenuff
Tim is campaigning as he believes The Preston Model isn’t being followed for cultural events

Tim was behind a recent art intervention protesting against the connection between the Preston sign and the cotton industry.

Read more: Mayor responds to Preston sign protest

A spokesperson for Preston City Council said: “We don’t normally respond to comments made by fictional characters, but we did see one person outside The MET with a clipboard advising people of another cultural event happening in Preston.

“The test launch of the MET was a closed event for people who had been involved in securing funds and building this community asset which will be used for many more creative events in Preston aimed at improving the cultural offering.”

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