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Tate art galleries will not accept donations from Sacklers

Published on 22/03/19 at 10:09am
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The Tate network of art galleries has said it will no longer accept gifts from the notorious Sackler family, the billionaire controllers of OxyContin drugmaker Purdue Pharma.

The decision comes after the National Portrait Gallery turned down a £1 million gift from the Sackler’s who are accused of playing a fundamental role in the opioid epidemic. The backlash follows protests from photographer Nan Goldin.

Goldin recently led anti-Sackler demonstrations in the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. However the artist had not discussed boycotting the Sacklers with the Tate group.

Goldin had previously suffered from addiction herself having been dependent on OxyContin in 2015 after being prescribed the painkiller for a painful wrist. In discussing the Tate group’s decision, Goldin said “We are thrilled.”

The Tate group of galleries includes four galleries: Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives, and the Tate Modern and Tate Britain in London.

“In the present circumstances we do not think it right to seek or accept further donations from the Sacklers,” The Tate group said.

Louis Goss

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