The Tate in Bath
   

The Tate in Bath was established as a protest against the contemporary art provision in Bath. At the time the Tate was undertaking satellite relationships around the country and I felt Bath would have been an ideal location. A mid way point between Tate London and Tate St Ives with large tourist numbers, a wide range of art galleries and a large artist population. The Tate in Bath ran for three years. Jo Piet's work came directly from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris where it was showing as part of the City Racing representation. One of the buildings proposed to house rotating exhibitions was The King Edwards School building in Broad St which is still vacant today and is on the buildings at risk register.

I invited the directors of Tate to all the openings and after the third year I was threatened with legal action if I continued to use the name. I took legal advise and was informed that as I had the name in use for three years and Tate were aware of the project from the beginning, and had not previously objected, I had a rightful claim to using the name,' Tate in Bath'. I chose to stop as this was alienating the very source of the endorsement I was seeking to help establish a contemporary arts venue in Bath!

Thankfully Lars Nittve ( Director of Tate Modern) later gave his support by opening 'In Theory' at Churchill House.

 

 

Tate in Bath

            Tate in Bath