An event on ethics, performance and oil sponsorship.

Thursday 18 April at 7.30pm
The White Building, Hackney Wick
Free (limited capacity and places will be available on a first come first in basis)


“We look for long-term partners and one of those long-term partners is BP. We all recognise they have a difficulty at the moment but you don’t abandon your friends because they have what we consider to be a temporary difficulty.” Nicholas Serota, Tate, 2010


Three years after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the Live Art Development Agency, Platform and Liberate Tate invite you to an evening of performance, screenings and discussion about the ethical implications of business, and particularly oil, sponsorship of the arts.


The evening will feature:

* a retrospective of films of Liberate Tate’s unsanctioned performances in gallery spaces, including the premiere of a new cut of The Gift, documenting the installation of a 16.5m wind turbine blade in Tate’s Turbine Hall
* the launch of a new edition of the Agency’s Study Room Guide written by Jane Trowell ofPlatform, Take the Money and Run? – some positions on ethics, business sponsorship and making art
* a performance of Mel Evan’s How NOT to make friends with Nicholas Serota but to get archived at Tate anyway, in the form of a flow diagram
* a discussion on ethics, performance, oil sponsorship, public responsibilities, and future strategies with Judith Knight (Artsadmin), Cecilia Wee (artist, writer, curator),  Dr Sophie Hope (Birkbeck College) and Liz Hill (Arts Professional)


The White Building
Unit 7, Queen’s Yard
White Post Lane
London, E9 5EN

How to get here


Banner image credit:

Liberate Tate “Human Cost”. Photograph: Immo Klink.

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