Liberate Tate (www.liberatetate.org) is an art collective exploring the role of creative intervention in social change dedicated to taking creative disobedience against Tate until it drops its oil company funding.
Liberate Tate works include:
'All Rise': a performance on the third anniversary of the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill when, for five days, Liberate Tate whisper extracts from court transcripts of the BP trial in New Orleans throughout the BP sponsored Tate whilst also livestreaming this to the web.
'The Gift': a 16.5 metre, 1.5 tonne wind turbine blade installed in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in an unofficial performance involving over 100 members of Liberate Tate (July 2012). The work was given to Tate is to be accepted as part of Tate’s permanent collection
‘Human Cost’: a performance in Tate Britain on the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion (April 2011) when a naked member of the group had an oil-like substance poured over them on the floor in the exhibition Single Form dedicated to the human body and part of ‘BP British Art Displays’.
‘License to spill’: an oil spill at the Tate Summer Party celebrating 20 years of BP support (June 2010).
‘Crude/Sunflower’: an installation artwork which saw over 30 members of the collective draw a giant sunflower in the Turbine Hall with black oil paint bursting from BP-branded tubes of paint (September 2010).
‘Dead in the water’: a contribution to Tate Modern 10th Birthday celebrations (May 2010) by hanging dead fish and birds from giant black helium balloons in the Turbine Hall.