Teen art student plans to lose virginity in front of 100 people

A teenage art student is planning to lose his virginity in front of an audience of 100 people (though he hasn't told his mum and dad yet!).

Clayton Pettet, 19, says he will have gay sex for the first time with a friend as part of a performance project called 'Art School Stole My Virginity'.

The student at Central Saint Martins Art School, has been planning the performance since he was 16. He said the show will take place on January 25 next year and he hopes to talk with the audience about the performance afterwards.

Clayton said: "I've held on to my virginity for 19 years and I'm not throwing it away lightly. I have decided to use mine and the loss of it to create a piece that I think will stimulate debate."

But following controversy over the idea, Mr Pettet posted on his blog that some people were talking about it 'without understanding'.

He said: "Virginity to me is conceptual and losing it as a performance piece is the way I have chosen to do that. But for a reason I haven't said the layout of the piece, the location of the piece, or what is actually going to happen.

"So for people comparing it to a live sex show, I can assure you it will be nothing like that."

But some gay campaigners have claimed it cheapens sex between loving partners.

The Rev Sharon Ferguson, of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, said: "As an art project in front of the audience, where is the love, respect and mutuality in that?"