Protesters: Climate Rush
Target: BP/Tate Britain
Location: Tate Britain, London
Date: 20 April
Environmental action group Climate Rush held an auction and exhibition on the steps of Tate Britain to criticise BP's sponsorship of the gallery. The exhibition marked the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Members of Climate Rush dressed in mourning black served a picnic and held an auction of images from the Tate's own collection, which were doctored to include signs of destruction. Inside the gallery, a group of artists poured an oil-like liquid over a naked protester.
- Why the protests?
Climate Rush member Jenny Riddel was highly critical of BP's social and environmental record. She added: 'To be the sponsor of an institution like Tate Britain is a matter of national pride. BP should not be allowed the privilege.'
- How did Tate Britain/BP respond?
Tate Britain told The Daily Telegraph that BP is 'one of the most important sponsors of the arts in the UK'. Since 2008, all donors have had to comply with an ethics policy. 'BP has worked with Tate since 1990, and fits within the guidelines of this policy,' the gallery said.
- How was the protest covered?
The eye-catching nature of the protests led to good coverage for the cause, with large pieces with pictures in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Channel 4 News and the London Evening Standard.