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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...
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...
Southbank Centre artists call for Shell to be dropped as sponsor on Ken Saro-Wiwa anniversary

Southbank Centre artists call for Shell to be dropped as sponsor on Ken Saro-Wiwa anniversary

A group of artists, musicians and authors who have all performed at the Southbank Centre have signed a letter (see below) calling on the arts institution to drop Shell sponsorship on the 18th anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni 9. The 21 artists, including actor Mark Rylance, playwright Mark Ravenhill, the...
Divestment and ending arts sponsorship - both tools of oil company stigmatization

Divestment and ending arts sponsorship – both tools of oil company stigmatization

Divestment is very much the climate campaign buzzword at the moment. Tonight in London there’s the culmination of the Fossil Free Europe tour with divestment doyen Bill McKibben hoping to emulate the success of the States-side campaign over here, while last week we co-published with People & Planet and 350.org the report Knowledge and Power...
A Night at the Museum - the Shell sponsored Fracking Quiz

A Night at the Museum – the Shell sponsored Fracking Quiz

Last week I joined Science Unstained for a trip to the Science Museum. Science Unstained worries about the corporate sponsorship of science communication – everything from BAE’s sponsorship of the unfortunately titled Big Bang Fair – an event for young scientists and engineers – to Atos designed degree courses. When they’ve had enough of worrying...
Tribute to Nick Reeves, CIWEM - artist, environmentalist, activist

Tribute to Nick Reeves, CIWEM – artist, environmentalist, activist

“BP, Shell and all other petrochemical corporations must be denied control of our arts and cultural institutions, right now.” Nick Reeves Earlier in the summer, we heard the shocking news that Nick Reeves, the vigorous Executive Director of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Managers, died after a severe stroke. He was only 60....

‘Art & Activism, Water & Oil, Then & Now’

2 articles by Platform in ‘The Environment’ magazine, Sept 2013 (CIWEM) 1st by Jane Trowell on 30 years of Platform, 2nd by Kevin Smith ‘The arts must not be used to cleanse the reputations of dirty business’ on oil sponsorship of the arts
The arts must not be used to cleanse the reputations of dirty businesses

The arts must not be used to cleanse the reputations of dirty businesses

Kevin Smith writing in the September 2013 issue of CIWEM’s ‘The Environment’ magazine says oil companies are sponsoring our most respected cultural institutions as part of a cynical PR campaign. You can download the pdf here or browse the article online below.
Margaret Atwood talk at the Southbank Centre - sponsorship, Shell & dystopias

Margaret Atwood talk at the Southbank Centre – sponsorship, Shell & dystopias

Chris Garrard is an activist and composer who was lucky enough to have a ticket to the sold out Margaret Atwood talk last night at the Southbank Centre. You can read Chris’ blog here and an interview with him about his chamber-opera version of The Handmaid’s Tale here. Last night, I went along to see...