Canadian museum accepts oil sponsor despite censorship

Canadian museum accepts oil sponsor despite censorship

Last week the Canadian Museum of Civilisation announced it had struck a sponsorship deal with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. It’s easy to see why this will be a PR coup for CAPP. But the Museum CEO’s beaming acceptance of oil money seems like an announcement that no lines will be drawn and no...
Namatjira in London: art and cultural survival

Namatjira in London: art and cultural survival

Taking place here in London, Big hArt’s production of Namatjira offers audiences a poetic engagement with Aboriginal Australia in the heart of the empire responsible for its colonisation. Sharp humour, playful performances and a moving story of a life that spanned most of the 20th century all combine to make a magical and powerful piece of theatre. Scott Rankin’s...
#Oct7Proclaim - Solidarity with Idle No More

#Oct7Proclaim – Solidarity with Idle No More

Today is the 250th Anniversary of the signing of the British Royal Proclamation, an historic document that legally mandated Canada to recognise Indigenous land rights. This document was signed by George III and this morning at 8.30am a group of 25 people met at the George III statue on Pall Mall as part of a Global...
Musicians react to oil sponsorship of the arts

Musicians react to oil sponsorship of the arts

Recently the call to challenge oil and associated industries’ sponsorship of the arts has been made by high profile musicians from around the world. On 8th September Boff Whalley, Chumbawumba front-man, described how he left Tate Britain part way through his special visit to the Lowry exhibition out of disgust at the number of BP...
Oil City begins

Oil City begins

Oil City’s first performances took place today, the start of its two week run. We don’t want to give too much away about this new work by Platform, but let’s just say this spy thriller is bringing out the spook in us all! Part of Artsadmin’s Two Degrees festival, Oil City is a piece of...
Quizoola! What I hope Forced Entertainment will ask at Barbican

Quizoola! What I hope Forced Entertainment will ask at Barbican

Renowned and celebrated theatre and performance group Forced Entertainment are doing a marathon of their latest show Quizoola! at the Barbican this weekend. There’s potential free entry for early birds in the quiet hours of 6am to midday, in the 24 hour non stop performance that goes from midnight on Friday till the clock strikes 12 again...
Final call for proposals: artist-led funded projects with Platform & LADA

Final call for proposals: artist-led funded projects with Platform & LADA

This Monday is the deadline for DIY 10 proposals. Get yours in now! DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists. Platform’s call is for “Live Art, performance as protest and the online element.” Platform invites proposals that look at performance...
Art interventions - our presentation to Shake!

Art interventions – our presentation to Shake!

Last week Shake! shook it all up at the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford – 25 young people tackling Arts, Media, Race and Power. Kevin and I were lucky enough to be invited to present to this inspiring and hyper-creative group of people on art interventions and oil sponsorship of the arts. We hope to...
Skewing debate on oil sponsorship of the arts on The Today Programme

Skewing debate on oil sponsorship of the arts on The Today Programme

BBC Radio 4’s The Today Programme hosted a five minute discussion on corporate sponsorship this morning (at 0854). I promise I’m not just bitter that they never called me in, but I think it was fairly poor journalism to pick a handful of one-sided voices for the so-called debate. The panel included Rita Clifton, who was once named ‘The...
The new year in direct action on big oil

The new year in direct action on big oil

Some say the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year – dubbed Blue Monday. Well there’s nothing to lift your spirits like moving tales of people power in action. Last Friday I was asked to present on direct action as a strategy for campaigning on the oil industry. I realised...
Crowd-sourcing record breaker mobilises around ethical fundraising

Crowd-sourcing record breaker mobilises around ethical fundraising

Comic Hannah Hart doubled her crowd-sourcing goal of raising $50,000 in just 24 hours. One of the secrets to her success will be that she’s really funny. A second is that her online community, formed initially around videos of ‘My Drunk Kitchen’ that Hart was making for a friend, was seeking live shows and interaction...
DIY 9 report is out - live art routes into oil's impacts

DIY 9 report is out – live art routes into oil’s impacts

DIY 9: 2012 was hugely successful. 240 artists took part in 14 different projects – one of which Platform worked on with Nicole Garneau. Platform is grateful to Live Art Development agency for convening the entire project, which led on to several fruitful creative connections and collaborations for us. By artists, for artists, you can...