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Tate ordered to reveal BP sponsorship details in case by environment activists

Mark Brown, Arts Correspondent, The Guardian
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...
Where do we go from here? Climate change, arts & Culture Shift

Where do we go from here? Climate change, arts & Culture Shift

We’re very excited about Culture Shift – the new report by Emergence on how artists are responding to sustainability. (It’s also available in Welsh). Culture Shift includes a great idea for a “Gablik Test” for the arts, learning from the Bechdel Test. Here is an extract from the report.   “If the scientists are right,...
A manifesto for Energy beyond Neoliberalism

A manifesto for Energy beyond Neoliberalism

We’ve written a manifesto titled Energy beyond Neoliberalism: “This is a call for energy democracy. Not energy security or energy separation. A survivable and just energy future means breaking the grip of elite interests on our energy systems, ending dependency, increasing autonomy, building diverse power structures through which we can hold one another to account,...
Take the money and run?   - an event about ethics, funding and art

Take the money and run? – an event about ethics, funding and art

Thursday 29 January, 2015 Event 10am – 5pm; Drinks 5pm – 6pm £12.50, including tea/coffee, lunch and a complimentary copy of the publication Take The Money And Run? Some positions on ethics, business sponsorship and making art by Jane Trowell (Platform) *15 free places are available by application to those on low/no income. at Toynbee...
Exciting week for ending the licence to spill

Exciting week for ending the licence to spill

Why do BP and Shell need cultural institutions (Tate, British Museum, National Portrait Gallery), consumer brands (Lego, Waitrose) and universities? The simple answer is so that the rest of us think we need them. As the Tate’s lawyer explained BP’s sponsorship, if they didn’t think they were getting something out of it, they wouldn’t do...

Tate and oil: does the art world need to come clean about sponsorship?

Susanna Rustin, The Guardian

When Art Meets Activism. As Tate faces the Information Tribunal over BP sponsorship, is there a line between art and ethics?

Interview with Kevin Smith (Platform) and Hannah Davey (Liberate Tate)

Le sponsoring culturel des géants du pétrole crée la polémique

Cultural sponsorship by oil company giants is creating debate Tristan de Bourbon, London; in Tribune de Genéve, page 11    

“Protests might intensify” over BP sponsorship

Tate has faced an Information Tribunal to defend its right to keep details of its financial relationship with the oil company a secret. Frances Richens, Arts Professional