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In pictures: rebel artists staged a climate change protest in the Tate Modern

Posted at 3:00 pm, June 15, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment



A group of rebel artists staged a piece of protest performance art in the Tate Modern over the weekend. Known as Liberate Tate, the 75-strong collective put on a 25-hour show to call for the gallery to end its sponsorship with BP.


The group entered the gallery at midday on June 13, dressed entirely in black. They took turns to transcribe quotes from a smuggled library of texts on to the floor of the space, filling the 1,000 square metre space with the words of Margaret Atwood and the UN 2014 climate report. They remained in the Turbine Hall overnight until just before 1pm the next day. Eva Blackwell, from the organisation, said: ‘This is a textual intervention. We’re filling the Turbine Hall with a tide of ideas and narratives of art, activism, climate change and oil.’


The Tate has received an average of £224,000 worth of sponsorship from BP every year between 1990 and 2006.  The British Museum, National Portrait Gallery and National Theatre also have fossil fuel sponsors. 

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