Time Piece - 2
Time Piece was the latest in a series of durational performances by Liberate Tate. They create unsanctioned live art inside Tate spaces to 'free Tate from BP'.
Liberate Tate began staging protests against the BP funding to the Tate in 2010. Group member Glen Tarman said they were stepping up their protest as the sponsorship deal is due to expire in 2016.
"Art museums are places where we make sense of the world. We make meaning from our lives and they contain what we most value. We shouldn't be complicit in climate change just because we appreciate great art," he said.
In January, a freedom of information (FOI) request revealed that the BP support amounts to an average of £224,000 a year.
According to figures provided by Platform, an anti-oil industry campaign group which made the FOI request, the BP funding is a mere 0.3% of the Tate's 2013-14 operating budget, leading some to question why the gallery has continued to accept the funding.