She’s also a breathtakingly un-selfaware whinger:
There's a major cultural institution my family can only enter through the back door. We pass buckets of cleaning materials, staff health and safety notices and piles of cardboard boxes. We're checked in to the building at the same desk at which a stationary package arrives, and are handled as if we were one. This place is Tate Modern. And my family have been relegated to accessing this high-minded cultural institution through the tradesmen's entrance because my daughter is disabled.What!?! That’s outrageous!
How long has this been going on? Why has it not been front-page news in…
We used to be able to enter by the same door as every other visitor. But when work on the Tate's £215m extension began last year…That’s the sum total of your complaint? That there’s building work being undertaken, and so you are temporarily inconvenienced?
And for this, you compare your experience to apartheid?
Congratulations, Dea. It’s not often that anyone manages to unite nearly all CiF commenters, from all sides, against them, but you’ve managed it.
When Tate Modern opened 10 years ago, the disabled community cheered. Here was a building of national and international significance whose entry was a whopping great ramp.And now you are whining because it needs repairs, or improvements? Did you think it would last forever?
In another place, when one section of society was condemned to a different, less attractive, unseen entrance it was called apartheid.One of these things is not like the other, you insensitive cow…
Tate Modern also defends removing the disabled parking bays by pointing to all its special events for disabled visitors. It brags of workshops for the learning disabled and tours for the visually impaired. But these acts of largesse for the needy ("We like to help the needy," the Tate guard told us as he chaperoned us through our special entrance) is not access; it's the opposite. It's compensating for the lack of any real access and hoping we won't notice.So you get special treatment that you don’t want, and feel free to complain about it in the pages of a national newspaper.
I don't want special or different for my family; I want what every other visitor takes for granted – everyday access to art.You’ve got everyday access to art. You just – for the time being – have to put up with a little bit of inconvenience while work is carried out. Just like everyone else.
The cultural sector needs to use its creative powers to see us as part of their audience and let us in through the front door.Once the building work is complete, you can. And not until then.