Tate's argument for keeping BP sponsorship secret just doesn't add up

Tate’s argument for keeping BP sponsorship secret just doesn’t add up

Today we’re in court with Tate over a long running struggle to get them to say just how much sponsorship money they’re getting from BP. Working alongside Freedom of Information specialists Request Initiative, we’ve put a lot of time and energy in to trying to find out this figure, and this is why it’s important....
After nearly three years of legal struggle, is Tate going to shed light on BP sponsorship details?

After nearly three years of legal struggle, is Tate going to shed light on BP sponsorship details?

On Thursday Tate is going to be appearing before the Information Tribunal over their lack of disclosure about conversations around BP sponsorship and about the amount of money that they’re getting from BP.It’s in Tate’s interest for people to think that it couldn’t possibly survive without BP’s dirty money, but we don’t think that’s true....
The secret motives that drive climate denial are about to be exposed….

The secret motives that drive climate denial are about to be exposed….

New website DeSmog UK aims to smoke out industry-forged climate denial and begins by naming funders of Lord Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation. “Climate deniers are always highly intelligent, scrupulously honest and ideologically sound,” some wit once observed. “But never all three at the same time.” The quip raises one of the most fascinating questions...
Oil money and theatre - questions from the Green Room

Oil money and theatre – questions from the Green Room

Last night saw a wide variety of folks from the world of theatre come together to discuss the growing controversy of oil sponsorship of the arts. Many in theatre now recognise that climate change and environmental damage are pressing issues that need to be addressed, both in the very content of the work, and the...
A Temporary Difficulty? The Tate Modern audio tour revamp

A Temporary Difficulty? The Tate Modern audio tour revamp

Guest blogpost by Phil England. It was four years ago this week that the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded while drilling into BP’s Macondo oil well, killing eleven people. In a report issued last week, the National Wildlife Federation records that over 900 bottlenose dolphins have been found dead or stranded in the area since...
Slow travel across the Gobi - an extract from 'Only Planet'

Slow travel across the Gobi – an extract from ‘Only Planet’

We’re no strangers to the joys and challenges of slow-travel at Platform – check out James Marriott’s account of his container ship journey across the Atlantic last summer . It’s a constant question to re-negotiate for us about how much attempts to travel in a less climate-trashing fashion can bump up against our effectiveness in...
Time for Tate to stop being so shady over BP sponsorship

Time for Tate to stop being so shady over BP sponsorship

We’re a more open organisation than any equivalent organisation in the world… —-So said Nick Serota back in 2008. More open than the National Gallery, for instance, who took three weeks to reveal its £30,000 /year sponsorship deal with Finmeccanica to Campaign Against the Arms Trade?  Or how about the Natural History Museum, who took...
What does the backlash over the Sydney Biennale sponsorship controversy say about the art world?

What does the backlash over the Sydney Biennale sponsorship controversy say about the art world?

Guest blog post by Dr Alana Jelinek I have argued in the past that there are inherent problems with contemporary public-private funding models invented with the New Labour government and made very prescriptive since the year 2000 across subsequent governments of all hues. We can see just how prescriptive is its potential in the current...
Cameron's floods response? Drill baby, drill!

Cameron’s floods response? Drill baby, drill!

The flood-waters are slowly receding. Communities across the country are still struggling to regain a sense of normality after the wettest winter on record. Questions are being raised about extreme weather in the UK, how prepared we are to deal with it, and whether or not this is a taster of things to come. You’re...
Floods, fossil fuel subsidies and the Daily Mail

Floods, fossil fuel subsidies and the Daily Mail

Many people were pretty nauseated by the Daily Mail front cover at the start of this week, promoting a UKIP backed petition calling for David Cameron to scrap the foreign aid budget and to instead use it for the relief of flood victims. Beneath the populist posturing seemed to lie a more sinister intent. As...
UK foreign policy & the Algerian dictatorship - "an ideal relationship?"

UK foreign policy & the Algerian dictatorship – “an ideal relationship?”

A guest blog from Hamza Hamouchene of the Algeria Solidarity Campaign and author of our newly published report Reinforcing Dictatorships – Britain’s Grab and Human Rights in Algeria. After more than six months of researching and documenting the British energy interests in my country Algeria, I feel extremely happy that the Algerian-British relations came under scrutiny from the...
Shell no longer sponsoring Southbank Classic series - a timeline.

Shell no longer sponsoring Southbank Classic series – a timeline.

At the launch of the 2014/15 Southbank Centre Classic Season, Shell was conspicuously absent, after having sponsored the season for a number of years. The artistic director, Jude Kelly, announced the new classical music season on last night, with the ‘Shell Classic International’ concerts now replaced with an ‘International Orchestra Series’. The change comes after...