Court orders Tate to disclose BP sponsorship figures

Liberate Tate

“Tate shall disclose within 35 days from the date of this decision the BP sponsorship figures from 1990 to 2006 inclusive.” 

Information Rights Decision of the First Tier Tribunal, 22 December 2014

The UK’s Information Tribunal has ordered art museum Tate to disclose the sum of money oil company BP paid as a sponsor over the years from 1990 to 2006 as well as records of internal decision-making on the controversial sponsorship deal Tate had also sought to keep secret [1]. Liberate Tate has been amongst the groups calling for this transparency.

The Freedom of Information court ruling comes after a three-year legal fight that began with Tate’s refusal to disclose sponsorship information requested by a Liberate Tate member in December 2011 [2]. The case was taken up by Request Initiative, working with campaign group Platform, and law firm Leigh Day resulting in a major legal victory for the movement…

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