With Merman Tom
We can confirm this event has now been cancelled at the artist’s request. Please see below for a statement from The Smith and Stirling Council
Statement from The Smith Museum and Gallery:
The Smith Museum and Art Gallery has been very saddened to learn that a small group have taken to social media to attack an event being organised by the Smith as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories. This group have sought to provoke a negative reaction to the artist and performer Merman Tom.
Tom is a well-established professional performer who has a wide range of acts he delivers internationally.
Chair of the Smith Trustees Dr David Mitchell said “The accusations made under the cover of ‘an organisation’ are worthy of scrutiny and I would encourage anyone to look beyond the spin and see the agendas being promoted here. Tom is a gay man and those seeking to do him and the Smith harm have made a direct link between Tom and ‘grooming’ young children – that is the reality here. He does deliver shows as a performer with adult content but he is an exemplary professional in his interaction with young people and our staff at the Smith also – his various acts are age appropriate and distinct. The focus of this particular show is the theme of inclusivity and having watched his show previously there is nothing of concern within it”
“The accusations made and the subsequent threats made to Tom, including disruption of the event with children attending have led us to cancel this event at Tom’s request. This is not as a result of the views of a small vocal minority, but rather our collective responsibility to protect the wellbeing of our staff and members of the audience in light of the risks posed. The matter has been reported to Police Scotland and as an organisation we will pass evidence on when required”
“We are sad to be in this position but feel the vast majority of our community will recognise it for what it actually is. We have agreed with Tom that his fee will be donated to the charity Stonewall”
Statement from Stirling Council
A Stirling Council spokesperson said: “We can confirm the Smith has cancelled this event at the artist’s request.
“We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the personal attacks that have been levelled at both venue and Gallery staff by protesters.
“Staff should not be subject to abuse under any circumstances.”
Join the not so little Merman Tom at Tolbooth for an afternoon adventure under the ABC. We will be having this “mermazing” storytelling and sing along cabaret for kids on Oct 14th from 2pm till 3pm
Merman Tom will sing some of your favourite songs and read you one of his favourite alternative and empowering fairytales and then after you can take a shell-fie with Tom too.
Entry is only £3 per person and everyone 12 and under and their young at heart adults is welcome at this fintastic and fabulous event. Catch you on the flip side.
Under 2 year old children are FREE
This event has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between Visit Scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players.