UK art organization Tate has been ordered by an informational tribunal to release details of the sponsorship they received from oil giant BP from 1990-2006. Environmental campaigner Brendan Montague, with support from London-based arts and activism charity Platform, brought the case against Tate. Platform claims that arts organizations need to be transparent with their funding in order to allow for informed public debate.
Tate initially refused to reveal the details of their BP funding, but was overruled by the informational tribunal. Tate now has 35 days to release details of their BP sponsorship.
Platform spokeswoman Anna Galkina suggests that Tate doesn’t really need the BP sponsorship, since it probably accounts for less than 0.5% of the gallery’s budget. Galkina thinks it’s more important to severe ties between cultural organizations and oil corporations. Tate and other galleries and arts organizations have been the target of protests over oil company sponsorship for some time.
This ruling could finally begin to chip away at the relationship between the arts and oil corporations. Activists are hopeful that the decision will set a precedent for other rulings in the future, leading to better transparency and a healthy forum for public opinion on the matter.
Via The Guardian