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Oil Be Back: could drilling begin again in Ogoniland 22 years after the people kicked Shell out?

Oil Be Back: could drilling begin again in Ogoniland 22 years after the people kicked Shell out?

Recently there has been a flurry of Nigerian media headlines stating that oil drilling in Ogoniland could soon re-start. I have tried to dig deeper to assess what is currently known and what questions remain. Has Shell sold assets in Ogoniland? So far, there have been no news stories outside of Nigeria about Shell’s plans...
Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts

Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts

If you missed Take the Money and Run? – a discussion-packed day on ethics and arts funding – you also missed our sneak preview of Artwash the new book written by Mel Evans. Fear not! Mel recorded this short intro so you don’t have to miss out… 20 April 2015 is the fifth anniversary of...
SuAndi of National Black Arts Alliance on justice in arts funding

SuAndi of National Black Arts Alliance on justice in arts funding

In November I participated in a seminar* on arts policy and heard writer, performance poet, and Freelance Cultural Director of National Black Arts Alliance, SuAndi give an arresting paper to an almost totally white audience of arts practitioners, funders, and policymakers. She generously agreed to it being published here.     “I have told this before Many times Too...
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 get BP’s contribution to be visible...
Shake! takes on #StatesOfViolence

Shake! takes on #StatesOfViolence

This is a guest post by poet  and Shake! facilitator Zena Edwards. You can find more information about the next Shake! intensive course (16-20 February 2015) and how to apply here, and find Zena on Twitter: @ZenaEdwards Shake Youth Arts and Activism project has a new intensive course brewing. From Monday 16th February, we shall be...
Share price of BP falling - will Shell take over BP?

Share price of BP falling – will Shell take over BP?

As the London Stock Exchange opened at 09.00 on Tuesday, 16th December, BP’s shareprice was down to 365 pence. It was the bottom of a long slide from 448 pence on the 21st November and investors in the company looked concerned that BP was failing badly. Shares in BP have lost 25% of their value...
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...
We forced Shell to commit to cleaning up the Niger Delta. Now let’s make it a reality.

We forced Shell to commit to cleaning up the Niger Delta. Now let’s make it a reality.

When we launched our Action Saro-Wiwa campaign back in May we had no idea how many of you would get involved and  we could never have imagined that  a breakthrough could happen so soon. After all, communities have suffered the deadly effects of widespread pollution in the Niger Delta for over 50 years. But your...
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