Human Cost, Tate Britain Performance (87 minutes), charcoal and sunflower oil 20 April 2011 – First anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

Human Cost

Human Cost

Human Cost, Tate Britain Performance (87 minutes), charcoal and sunflower oil 20 April 2011 – First anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

On the same day, 166 people who work in the arts published a letter in the Guardian calling on Tate to end its sponsorship relationship with BP.   “In the year since its catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP has massively ramped up its investment in controversial tar sands extraction in Canada, has been shown to have been a key backer of the Mubarak regime in Egypt, and has attempted to commence drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean. While BP continues to jeopardise ecosystems communities and the climate by the reckless pursuit of “frontier” oil, cultural institutions like Tate damage their reputation by continuing to be associated with such a destructive corporation.

The massive cuts to public arts funding in the UK have left hundreds of culturally important arts organisations in a position of great financial vulnerability, which means that the debate about the appropriateness of particular potential corporate sponsors like BP and Shell is more relevant than ever. As people working in the arts, we believe that corporate sponsorship does not exist in an ethical vacuum. In light of the negative social and ecological impacts of BP around the world, we urge Tate to demonstrate its commitment to a sustainable future by ending its sponsorship relationship with BP.”

Email : ‘End oil sponsorship of the arts’ on Facebook @liberatetate on twitter

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Today,  Liberate Tate staged another of its headline-grabbing performative protests in the Duveens Hall of Tate Britain.  On this occasion, a naked man lay down in the foetal position while several veiled figures covered him in oil – or an oil-like substance.  The performance lasted for 87 minutes to commemorate the 87 days over which oil was spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, beginning exactly one year ago today.  The message is quite clear – that it’s wrong for arts institutions like Tate to accept sponsorship from BP.

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Artists fight against BP’s Tate donations – The Telegraph
Protestors against BP’s sponsorship of Tate Britain chose Wednesday’s one-year anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to stage a demonstration at the art gallery.

Anti-BP Activists Stage Nude Lie-In, Pour Oil at Tate Britain – Bloomberg
A naked youth had oil poured over him inside Tate Britain today in an artist-led demonstration against oil company BP Plc ’s sponsorship of Tate.

Protesters fuel debate over BP arts funding – Evening Standard
Activists angry at the sponsorship of art institutions by BP staged a protest today at Tate Britain to mark the anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Oily protest against BP at gallery – Press Association
Protesters angry at BP’s sponsorship of arts institutions have staged an oily demonstration at London’s Tate Britain to mark a year since the Gulf of Mexico spill.  Silent activists from campaigners Liberate Tate dressed in black and wearing veils poured an oil-like substance over a naked member of the group in the middle of the London gallery.

Liberate Tate performance against @Tate accepting #BP arts sponsorship on front page of Financial Times today


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