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BP's sponsorship of Tate is over!

BP’s sponsorship of Tate is over!

Today is one of those days when we know we’re winning. It emerged that BP’s sponsorship of art gallery Tate will end within a year. Until this morning we didn’t know whether Tate would be signing a new deal with the oil company, locking it into fossil fuel promotion for a further 5 years. But in...
Walking the Line. New Interactive Documentary

Walking the Line. New Interactive Documentary

In Italy, Azerbaijan and the UK people are fighting against the devastating impacts of import pipelines and wresting back control over their energy system. In this beautiful documentary we made with Global Motion, Re:common and Counter Balance we meet the people who live alongside the Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline and are...
Breaking: The Struggle to Free the Bus: The Twists, the Turns and the Conspiracies 

Breaking: The Struggle to Free the Bus: The Twists, the Turns and the Conspiracies 

BREAKING Guest Blog by Ken Henshaw, Social Action, Nigeria The extraordinary behind-the-scenes story of the Bus memorial seizure and the struggle to release it, on the day of the 3rd Hearing to release the memorial to Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni 8. Show your support – follow and tweet @GreatOgoni,...
Artists to take over Tate Modern during Paris climate talks for 3-day unauthorised festival

Artists to take over Tate Modern during Paris climate talks for 3-day unauthorised festival

For immediate release Unauthorised festival to take over Tate Modern spaces during next weekend of climate talks Contact: Mika Minio-Paluello / +44 7733466038 Full programme available on deadline.org.uk/programme Deadline Festival @Tate takes place exactly a year before Tate’s BP sponsorship deal expires Full programme is now available online. Including poetry,...
RELEASE:  ‘Living Memorial’ to Ken Saro-Wiwa seized by Nigerian Customs

RELEASE: ‘Living Memorial’ to Ken Saro-Wiwa seized by Nigerian Customs

RELEASE: ‘Living Memorial’ to Ken Saro-Wiwa seized by Nigerian Customs Thursday, November 5th, 2015 Suzanne Dhaliwal – suzanne@platformlondon.org +447772694327 UK contact for images and interviews Memorial sculpture to murdered activist seized at Lagos port by Nigerian Customs Customs chief was on tribunal that condemned Ken Saro-Wiwa to execution; Shell stands...
Darkness Falling - 100 days in Azerbaijan

Darkness Falling – 100 days in Azerbaijan

Today the appeal trial of Leyla and Arif Yunus continues in Azerbaijan. As it does James Marriott reflects on 100 days in Azerbaijan. For over 100 days I have been away from the hum of collective life in Platform, away from the buzz of e-mails and twitter, away from the...
Fossil Funds Free campaign - We are at 300!

Fossil Funds Free campaign – We are at 300!

Over the past ten days since the launch of Fossil Funds Free, ever increasing numbers of artists, writers, performers, and organisations have joined the Fossil Funds Free commitment. This is what they are committing to: ‘We do not take any oil, coal, or gas corporate sponsorship for our cultural work. We...
Poetry that changes us - and join Shake! in August

Poetry that changes us – and join Shake! in August

We are not idealists. We know that art alone does not make the revolution. But we are not fools. We know that revolution is impossible without the art. Frente Popular, Dario Santillan Platform was invited to take part in the recent ‘Footprint Modulation: art, climate and displacement‘. This was a...
All That Glitters: Sport, BP and Repression in Azerbaijan

All That Glitters: Sport, BP and Repression in Azerbaijan

All that Glitters was published to mark the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 European Games in Baku. The inaugural European Games Baku 2015 are about much more than medals. Held in Azerbaijan at the height of a systematic crackdown on human rights and democracy, the Games are the first of...
Free Mahienour: Egyptian revolutionary & climate justice activist

Free Mahienour: Egyptian revolutionary & climate justice activist

Our ally Mahienour El-Massry is facing 2 years in jail in Egypt for speaking out against human rights abuses. This Sunday 31 May, a court will rule on her case. She faces a two year sentence on trumped up charges, for a small lawyers protest at Raml police station after...
The tiger, the artists and the oil dictator's daughter - Ackroyd & Harvey pull out of Aliyev funded exhibition

The tiger, the artists and the oil dictator’s daughter – Ackroyd & Harvey pull out of Aliyev funded exhibition

In the glass confines of Holborn’s Display Gallery, in the lower recessed space an animal-like skin lays slung and discarded over a length of thick rope. Created by artists Ackroyd & Harvey, Pelt is a poignant image of death. On one side grass of differing shades creates a tiger’s delicate markings, on...
We forced Tate to reveal BP secrets - now what?

We forced Tate to reveal BP secrets – now what?

Nearly three years after we first set out to find out how much BP gave Tate, the galleries  have finally revealed BP’s contribution between 1990-2006. The figures range between £150,000-£330,000 a year – even less than we expected. When I tried to lay the numbers out on a graph for comparison, it was hard to even...
A manifesto for Energy beyond Neoliberalism

A manifesto for Energy beyond Neoliberalism

We’ve written a manifesto titled Energy beyond Neoliberalism: “This is a call for energy democracy. Not energy security or energy separation. A survivable and just energy future means breaking the grip of elite interests on our energy systems, ending dependency, increasing autonomy, building diverse power structures through which we can...
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...
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!
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...
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...
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...
Donate

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You can help us change the world Platform’s work involves taking risks that many others won’t. Sending staff to Egypt as the revolution was unfolding, challenging structural issues like colonialism and race oppression, and proposing visions of energy beyond neoliberalism. By joining our base of Platform Sustainers, you can help...
Who We Are

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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“Innovation and care are in our DNA”, says the soft female voice-over that accompanies the new promotional video by Shell. We, the attendees at the corporation’s 2016 Annual General Meeting in the Circus Theater, Scheveningen, sit comfortably in our red velvet seats watching the massive screen above the heads of the Shell directors on the […]

We’re taking Tate to the Information Tribunal over #BPsecrets

Next Wednesday, we’re taking Tate to the Information Tribunal for refusing to reveal details of BP sponsorship. The disputed information is the amounts BP gave after 2006 and until 2012. This is despite a previous court ruling, and despite the fact that the sponsorship deal is ending in 2017. Thanks to a heap of internal […]

Ffos-y-Fran and Nant Llseg – the struggle to #keepitintheground

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“You come from the premise that we are guilty already” – notes from the BP AGM 2016

Bob Dudley, Chief Executive, who appears tired, pale and jowly, looks up from his notes and addresses a set of questions that have been put to the Board. This particular set from delegates at the Annual General Meeting of BP, are grouped together under the bracket of ‘concerned with climate change’. He peers out at […]

Edinburgh Festival drops BP. And 1 in 2 Londoners think British Museum should do the same

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Help find Platform a new home in 2016

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In Memory of Doreen Massey

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We’ve kicked BP out of Tate – but the work’s not done yet

Tate’s BP sponsorship is ending. Last Saturday Liberate Tate released a spectacular cloud of confetti through the huge space of Tate’s Turbine Hall to celebrate. In kicking BP out of Tate, the movement for fossil free culture has achieved something that appeared impossible. This post is based on a slideshow we projected inside the Turbine […]

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