Description of campaign/project
In seeking to provoke the art world to go "Beyond..." Oil we use visual art and theatrical concepts to communicate an insitutional and corporate reality and point to alternative ways to experience art (and life) unpolluted - beyond enforced consumption of art and sponsorship by Big Oil in public insitutions. Liberate Tate is open to all who want to create art actions for a sustainable future.
Love Tate, Hate Oil www.twitter.com/liberatetate
We make a mess, beauitifully. We invite participation, and have an audience in situ and then further via the mainstream media, who often lap up our stuff.
Our actions have been picked up by media outlets worldwide and set off a national and international debate about ethics and art sponsorship. This has led to a growing movement of artists and the public raising their voices for a more ethical approach to arts funding.
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Liberate Tate is a collective exploring the role of creative intervention in social change. We aim to free art from the grips of the oil industry primarily focusing on Tate, the UK's leading art museum, and its sponsorship deal with BP. We believe Tate is supporting BP, rather than the other way around, cleaning its tarnished public image with the disinfectant of "progressive" culture.
Every time we step inside the museum Tate makes us complicit with acts that are harming people and creating environmental destruction and climate change, acts that will one day seem as archaic as the slave trade. That is why we call on Tate to become a responsible, ethical and truly sustainable organisation for the 21st century and drop its sponsorship by oil companies. As a public institution the Tate’s Trustees, chaired as they are by an ex-CEO of BP, must abandon its association with BP. All visitors to the Tate must be able to enjoy great art with a clear conscience about the impact of the museum on society and the environment.
It's really a joyful experience be part of a Liberate Tate art work/intervention!
We do capture learnings as group and change our next performances based on this. Email us for more!
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Liberate Tate: Collected Works 2010
Free Art From Oil
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Concept author(s) contribution
We are an art collective so jointly author and design our work.
United Kingdom (Great Britain)
Our art work consists of uninvited and self-curated interventions and performances in and around the most "the most successful arts museum organisation in the world": Tate, as part of the quest to free art from oil.