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London teen to lose virginity as part of live gay sex ‘art’ show

Up to 100 people could watch as an art student claims he will lose his cherry in a 'once-in-a-lifetime performance'
A London art student is to lose his virginity live on stage in the name of art. But is it art?
Photo via Clayton Pettet's Twitter.

A London teen has said he will lose his virginity as part of a live gay sex show - all in the name of art.

Clayton Pettet, a 19-year-old student at Central Saint Martins art school in London, will have sex for the first time in a gallery full of eagle-eyed art lovers.

The project is called ‘Art School Stole My Virginity’.

Pettet, who has been planning the project for three years, described it as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime performance’.

As reported by The Huffington Post, he said: ‘The key thing about performance art is that it should only be performed once, and this is the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime performance.

‘I've held on to my virginity for 19 years, and I'm not throwing it away lightly. Basically it's like I am losing the stigma around virginity.

‘’I want the audience to see if anything has changed between me and my partner.

‘Since culturally we do hold quite a lot of value to the idea of virginity I have decided to use mine and the loss of it to create a piece that I think will stimulate interesting debate and questions regarding the subject.’

Pettet will lose his virginity before an audience of between 50 and 100 people in a Hackney space.

Him and a friend will engage in safe sex until completion before asking the audience what they thought of the show.

The second-year student has not yet told his parents about the project, but has told tutors at the prestigious university.

The young artist has faced backlash from people who believe what he is doing is not art and is cheapening sexual relationships.

But is it art? Acclaimed Birmingham-based gay artist Hannah Honeywill told Gay Star News if Pettet says it is art, especially in the context of a gallery, then it is art. But she didn't know whether it was 'good art'.

‘It’s an interesting thing for a gay man to do as virginity is such a heteronormative term,’ she said.

‘In straight relationships it is female virginity that is the precious thing, a pure thing relating to Christianity.

‘As gay people we can happily sidestep all of that. We don’t have to conform to those heterosexual rules.

‘Then I wonder, is he actually losing his virginity?’

Honeywill added she felt Pettet could comment on sexuality and virginity by doing something far more subtle and could have bigger impact.

‘When you’re in the art world, naked bodies having sex? It’s not new. The sexual body is pretty standard stuff. I don’t think it’s shocking.

‘I admire the statement, but it is a bit of a shame.’

‘Art School Stole My Virginity’ will take place in Hackney, London on 25 January.

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Who wouldn't want to watch and listen to an attractive young man willingly lose his virginity? My only issue is that currently a friend will be the one to participate as top in the piece. It is not difficult to believe that the two friends might sucuumb to the temptation to practice the act prior so as to guarantee an "artsy" performance. I suggest, instead, that a contest be held for the man that will deflower the artist. This will insure the the art is true. The contest could include selection guidelines that would provide a caring and practiced rider.