ECU sends Harris’ art into storage

ECU sends Harris’ art into storage

The water colours, an oil painting of the Chancellery Building at Joondalup and a photograph of Harris painting have been shifted to storage.

The removal began when Harris went on trial for indecent assault in the UK.

‘It is my judgment it is what the university community would want me to do (remove works from display) and it is what I believe is the right course of action,’ Vice-Chancellor Kerry Cox said.

With regard to Harris’ honorary doctorate, Professor Cox said ‘it is important to ECU the personal values of our award recipients are congruent with ECU’s.

‘Honorary doctorates are awarded and rescinded only by the University Council,’ he said. ‘The council next meets in August.’

Harris was awarded an honorary doctorate by ECU in 2000. The ECU art collection began at Claremont Teachers College in 1902.

Harris was a student at the college, a precursor to ECU, and graduated in 1951.

– Harris’ Freemanship of the Town of Bassendean could be revoked at a special council meeting this morning if councillors agree to sever all ties with the entertainer.