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Monthly blog archive December, 2014
2014: ten moments of a culture beyond oil

2014: ten moments of a culture beyond oil

What will we remember about the oil industry in 2014? Aside from falling oil prices and ongoing debates about fracking (did you know New York state just banned it?), there are more and more signs this year that ‘social licence’ is becoming the industry’s largest challenge (like this Canadian industry expert points out). Where would oil companies be without...
Send your favourite quote to an Azerbaijan Political Prisoner

Send your favourite quote to an Azerbaijan Political Prisoner

Our allies in Azerbaijan are under attack, right now, and we are asking people to send them solidarity messages and inspirational quotes. On 5 December investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova was arrested in Baku, Azerbaijan. As Khadija was bundled into a car camera flashes popped, people jostled and her friends banged on the car roof and shouted...
Tate director's puzzling response to the call to #DropBP

Tate director’s puzzling response to the call to #DropBP

This is a guest post by Tate Member Oliver Grant. Oliver came to Tate Members’ AGM last week and asked Tate Director Nick Serota to respond to Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s call for “people of conscience to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change.” Oliver reflects on Serota’s response.   The AGM was a...
What we discovered at Tate Members' AGM last week

What we discovered at Tate Members’ AGM last week

Tate Trustees will be reviewing the BP sponsorship agreement in 2016. – said Tate director Nicholas Serota in response to members’ questioning of the BP relationship. This means we have approximately a year to persuade Tate (as well as three other institutions – British Museum, Royal Opera House, and National Portrait Gallery) to take the challenge of climate change...
Tate, Big Oil, and the savage inequality of capital

Tate, Big Oil, and the savage inequality of capital

Just over a week ago Tate Modern and its new landmark extension got a bit of a mauling from writer Will Self, who argued in the print version of The Guardian that it “symbolises the savage inequality of the capital”. It’s an interesting piece about art, privilege and the hyper-rich, and has got people arguing...