Unilever ends £4.4m sponsorship of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, after 12 years

Unilever has announced that it is ending its sponsorship of the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall after 12 years and 13 commissions, as the company aims to find sponsorships that fit with its global sustainability agenda.

The sponsorship will end on 28 October, when current installation These Associations, by German artist Tino Sehgal, closes.

Sue Garrard, Unilever SVP of communications, said: "We are very proud of what the Tate and we have achieved with The Unilever Series. By the time the Tino Sehgal commission closes, the Unilever Series will have showcased the work of some of the world's most imaginative and exciting modern artists."

The Tate Modern has said that it will begin looking into new sponsorship options for 2014, with the Turbine Hall closed next year for building work as the gallery extends.

Unilever will remain as a corporate member of the gallery, with Garrard adding: “We are now planning a change of direction which will fit closely with our company’s mission set out in the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan: to double the size of our business while reducing our environmental impact and increasing our positive social impact.”

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