Liv Wynter, Tate’s artist in residence, has resigned in protest at remarks made by Tate Director Maria Balshaw. Balshaw made the comments in an interview with the Times last month. When asked about sexual harassment, Balshaw said:
‘“I personally have never suffered any such issues. Then, I wouldn’t. I was raised to be a confident woman who, when I encountered harassment, would say, ‘Please don’t’… or something rather more direct.”
In the context of #MeToo and in the light of Tate’s long term association with with alleged sexual harasser Anthony d’Offay, it might be expected that Tate would now be taking a stand to define themselves as an institution championing equality and diversity. However, Wynter has argued that Balshaw’s apology, at a public meeting at Tate Modern, refused to acknowledge responsibility that her remarks were ignorant and inappropriate for her position as Director.
Read Wynter’s resignation letter here.