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Take the money and run?   - an event about ethics, funding and art

Take the money and run? – an event about ethics, funding and art

SAVE THE DATE Take the money and run? - an event about ethics, funding and art Thursday 29 January, 2015 Event 10am – 5pm; Drinks 5pm – 6pm £12.50, including tea/coffee, lunch and a complimentary copy of the publication Take The Money And Run? Some positions on ethics, business sponsorship and...
BP: stop fuelling repression in Azerbaijan

BP: stop fuelling repression in Azerbaijan

This morning I stood outside BP’s International HQ in St James’s Square, London. I was attending a solidarity action for a missing protest. We should have been supporting a similar demo in Azerbaijan’s capital but there were no banners outside BP’s offices in Baku this morning. A woman in the...
New report 'Picture This' on the BP Portrait Award - extract on National Portrait Gallery

New report ‘Picture This’ on the BP Portrait Award – extract on National Portrait Gallery

Our new report Picture This – A Portrait of 25 years of BP sponsorship is in 5 parts. Each part addresses a different aspect of the issue, and should cause deep concern in any institution’s corporate sponsorship department that wants to operate ethically. Even though its publication is triggered by...
Shell's 'polluted promises' in Nigeria means it's time for #ActionSaroWiwa

Shell’s ‘polluted promises’ in Nigeria means it’s time for #ActionSaroWiwa

This week sees the publication of our latest briefing Polluted Promises, How Shell failed to clean up in Ogoniland, based on research done on the ground in the Niger Delta in October 2013 by our campaigner Sarah Shoraka, with allies from the Delta. The new report and research was covered...

DIY 11: 2014 Call for proposals

Want to run training for artists on race & intergenerationality?  In partnership with LADA we are making a call for proposals on the following theme: Let Go Of The Shore* Shake! seeks proposals on live art, intergenerationality and race. You are invited to devise a project that brings together artists...
Sign the petition: Shell must clean up its oil pollution in the Niger Delta

Sign the petition: Shell must clean up its oil pollution in the Niger Delta

The Niger Delta is one of the most polluted places on earth, laid to waste by an oil industry that does not respect people or the environment. It wasn’t always that way. Before Shell first discovered oil in Nigeria in 1956, it was a globally important wetland habitat with rich biodiversity, providing livelihoods...
Reinforcing Dictatorships - Britain's Gas Grab and Human Rights Abuses in Algeria

Reinforcing Dictatorships – Britain’s Gas Grab and Human Rights Abuses in Algeria

UK foreign policy aims to lock North African natural gas into the European and British grids and is heavily influenced by arms and fossil fuel interests. As a result, the Conservative government has courted the Algerian regime and supported arms sales between British companies and Algeria as well as encouraging...
Shell cancels 2014 Arctic drilling - Arctic Ocean & Inupiat rights reality check

Shell cancels 2014 Arctic drilling – Arctic Ocean & Inupiat rights reality check

Today Shell announced it was canceling its 2014 drilling in the Alaskan Arctic. This is a guest blog by Faith Gemmill, Executive Director of Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (REDOIL), on the court decision that forced Shell’s hand, and the Indigenous rights context behind it. Last week the Court of...
The showcase that “Emboldens” and shakes the “Energetic Apathy”

The showcase that “Emboldens” and shakes the “Energetic Apathy”

Since I joined Platform in July, I have seen the high-spirited Farzana passionately preparing for the “Shake! – Young Voices in Arts, Media, Race & Power course”, organising its different activities and coordinating with other facilitators (Ed, Zena and Sai) in order to make it even better than the previous...
Knowledge and Power – Fossil Fuel Universities

Knowledge and Power – Fossil Fuel Universities

Download the report here Cutting-edge research creates our technological future, and education forms tomorrow’s workforce. Right now, our future crucially hinges on our society’s ability to go fossil-free, but UK universities are deeply entangled in the fossil fuel industry: UK universities have a combined investment wealth of £62.2 billion. Conservative...
Shale Gas Exploitation in Algeria: Interview with an Algerian Journalist and Anti-Fracking Campaigner

Shale Gas Exploitation in Algeria: Interview with an Algerian Journalist and Anti-Fracking Campaigner

Global Frackdown 2 will be taking place on Saturday 19th October. It is an initiative that is aiming to bring together community actions from all over the world to challenge hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, so we thought it would be good to hear from someone in Algeria about the situation there....
The story of Platform

The story of Platform

Want to tell someone about Platform, in a nutshell? Try this video made for precisely that purpose!
Europe's Gas Grab - the Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline

Europe’s Gas Grab – the Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline

In this illustrated leaflet we follow the route of the Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline – meeting people who are talking out against the pipeline and the impact it will have on their lives. The leaflet joins the dots between climate change, human rights abuses and fuel poverty. It talks about the...
Take the Money and Run? Some positions on ethics, business sponsorship and making art

Take the Money and Run? Some positions on ethics, business sponsorship and making art

Is any money free from exerting an influence on the artist or art it enables? Is all money equally ‘good’ or ‘bad’, regardless of the source? In this Live Art Development Agency Study Room Guide, Jane Trowell from Platform has selected some key texts that are useful in helping to...
The Oil Road - Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London

The Oil Road – Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London

The new Paperback edition has a brand new Afterword… “★★★★★…The Oil Road opens the lid on the often-shady energy economy, weaving absorbing travel reportage into powerful investigative journalism…. If you want to know why oil matters, read this book.” – Time Out (book of the week) “An elegantly written travel book…will...
Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil

Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil

At a time of growing unease within and without the cultural sector about the involvement of oil companies with the nation’s most high profile galleries, Not if but when – Culture Beyond Oil brings together responses of artists and activists to the debate in a unique collaboration between artists, activists,...
The Carbon Web

The Carbon Web

Oil runs through every sector of society. London, our city, is one of the global centres of the oil industry. Oil companies use the city to extract a combination of financial, political, legal and technological services that enable them to produce, pump, transport, refine and sell oil and gas.  For...
Activism

Activism

Platform is active in making change happen. We sustain relationships with diverse networks of grassroots activists. That way our work stays closely linked to global movements for social justice. Platform provides tools and analysis that support real grassroots struggles at key moments. By staying flexible, independent and alive to opportunities we...
The Arts

The Arts

Art can do things that information can’t. Art takes our mind to new places, reaches our heart, and draws on our gut feelings. Platform’s art connects people to global stories and issues on an emotional level. From performance to DJ-ing, social sculpture to sound art, creative writing to video, we...
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Donate

  Platform is a small, dynamic charity that combines art, activism, education and research. Whether supporting people in the Niger Delta to stand up to the big oil companies, researching the impact of oil pipelines or producing art and poetry with young people to explore issues of race and power,...
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Who We Are

  Platform is different. We combine art, activism, education and research in one organisation. This approach enables us to create unique projects driven by the need for social and ecological justice. Platform’s current campaigns focus on the social, economic and environmental impacts of the global oil industry. Our pioneering education...

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