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Extent of oil money in the arts revealed by new research and infographic

Extent of oil money in the arts revealed by new research and infographic

Oil money only ‘tiny sliver’ in comparison to overall incomes New research from oil industry watchdog Platform today has revealed how small the amount of oil money going into UK arts institutions compared to their overall budgets. At the end of 2011, BP announced a £10 million sponsorship deal for four of London’s flagship cultural...
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...
Arts and Ethical Fundraising Policies – you know they make sense

Arts and Ethical Fundraising Policies – you know they make sense

In the context of the furore that’s raging about artists provoking the Sydney Biennale to reject funding from Transfield Holdings – who run offshore detention centres for asylum seekers – now is the moment to really grasp just how incendiary the sources of our funding can be. Or to put it positively, just how important...
'The Bus' memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa is on the move...

‘The Bus’ memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa is on the move…

Today, the Bus moved from Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham where it has been for three years, round the corner to Hale Village where it will be throughout 2014. The Living Memorial to Ken Saro-Wiwa, aka The Bus, is a spectacular steel sculpture by artist Sokari Douglas Camp. Platform commissioned it in 2005, the...
Sunday at Trafalgar Square: oil sponsorship meets Russian militarism

Sunday at Trafalgar Square: oil sponsorship meets Russian militarism

Short version of the story: poor timing of the year award goes to Boris Johnson for hosting a huge Russian Maslenitsa (pancake day) festival on the day Russian troops took over Crimea. Lead sponsor of the festivities: Russian state oil corporation Rosneft. Anyone has a clear idea why Mayor of London held Russian festival yesterday...
Support Political Art in Azerbaijan

Support Political Art in Azerbaijan

Art for Democracy website – for human rights in Azerbaijan from epitype on Vimeo. Support Art for Democracy here. Dictatorships, like the Aliyev regime in Azerbaijan, don’t just rely on violence, intimidation and fossil fuels to secure their power. They also need a ‘social license to operate’, especially in other countries like the UK. Our...
Statoil ends music sponsorship after growing controversy in Norway

Statoil ends music sponsorship after growing controversy in Norway

Ragnhild Freng Dale reports on an important development in anti-oil sponsorship campaigning in Norway. October 2013 marked an important milestone for the Norwegian artists fighting the oil sponsorship of the arts in their country: Statoil ended their longstanding Bylarm-sponsorship for pop and rock music. Stretching six years back in time, Statoil and ByLarm have collaborated...
Tate members AGM dominated again by BP sponsorship controversy

Tate members AGM dominated again by BP sponsorship controversy

  Sunniva Taylor and Louisa Wright report back from another fiesty session at the Tate Members AGM. This year’s Tate Members AGM on Friday 6th December was once again dominated by controversy about BP sponsorship. Three members announced their resignation and difficult questions were asked about the morality and necessity of ongoing BP sponsorship. Outside...

BP sponsorship provokes Tate Member resignations at AGM

Friday 6 December 2013 A number of fee-paying Tate Members will tonight publicly resign at the Members AGM at Tate Britain over the on-going controversy about the sponsorship relationship with oil giant BP. The resignations come after a larger group of Tate members attempted to raise the issue at the AGM last year, and sent...