- Deadline FestivalÂ @TateÂ takes place exactly a year before Tateâ€™s BP sponsorship deal expires
- Free programme of events includes poetry, video installations, Caryl Churchill play, artist panels, film screenings, theatre and a â€˜seedbombingâ€™ session
Platform London is curating an unauthorised arts festival inside Tate Modern on 4-6 December.Â Deadline Festival @Tate marks the middle weekend of the COP21 UN climate talks in Paris and the start of Tateâ€™s final year of BP sponsorship under the current deal.
The public programme of eventsÂ includesÂ video installations, poetry, gallery tours, pop-up theatre, kids creative workshops, film screenings and artist debates.Â Deadline Festival will use Tateâ€™s gallery spaces to debate questions usually excluded from the gallery, and discuss cultural institutionsâ€™ role in tackling climate change. The full programme will be available next week onÂ www.deadline.org.uk
Festival highlights include
- Capital Culture Climate: withÂ Doreen MasseyÂ (Emeritus Professor, Open University),Â Selina NwuluÂ (London Young Poet Laureate 2016) andÂ Loraine LeesonÂ (Artist, director ofÂ Director cSPACE)
- Art & Politics â€“Â withÂ Julie Ward MEPÂ (Labour),Â Natalie BennettÂ (Green Party),Â Sonia BoyceÂ (artist, Professor)
- Tickets are now on sale, a short play byÂ Caryl Churchill
- Performance & Power:Â withÂ Michael McMillanÂ (playwright, artist, educator),Â Lucy EllinsonÂ (actor,Â Grounded), andÂ Feimatta ContehÂ (sustainability manager, Arcola theatre)
- Naomi Kleinâ€™s climate justice filmÂ This Changes Everything
- Unofficial TranslationÂ by Ivo Theatre â€“ COP21 negotiations live translated into performance
- An open invitation to seed-bomb the plant beds erected in Tateâ€™s Turbine Hall as part of Abraham Cruzvillegasâ€™sÂ Empty Lot
Festival curator Mika Minio-Paluello saidÂ â€œDeadline Festival will be cheeky, serious and unauthorised, and marks Tateâ€™s one year deadline to come off BP sponsorship. We will use Tateâ€™s gallery spaces to debate Londonâ€™s responsibility to break with fossil fuels and our colonial heritage. Weâ€™re bringing together artists and actors, professors and politicians to explore the creative process of building a fossil free culture.â€
Tateâ€™s controversial sponsorship deal with BP runs from 2012-2016. Earlier this year, a three-year freedom of information court battle forced Tate to reveal that historically BPâ€™s sponsorship fees amounted to Â£150,000-Â£330,000 a year â€“ under 0.5% of Tateâ€™s annual budget.
In September, over 300 artists and cultural organisations including Londonâ€™s Royal Court Theatre signed a commitment to reject fossil fuel funding. Â In November, the Science Museum confirmed that Shell is being dropped as sponsor of its climate change exhibition.
Tate director Nicholas Serota has publicly confirmed that Tate Trustees will be reconsidering BP sponsorship during 2016.
Anna Galkina of Platform addedÂ â€œWeâ€™re posing a mainstream cultural challenge to oil sponsorship of our arts.Â As politicians gather in Paris to discuss planetary deadlines for coming off fossil fuels, and London debates its own role, Tate risks being left behind.â€
Contact: Festival Curator Mika Minio-PaluelloÂ email@example.comÂ / 07733466038