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Damien Hirst appropriated our work!

The new Damien Hirst retrospective which opens tomorrow 4th April at Tate Modern has forced a last minute revision of our BP themed alternative audio tour. The Hirst exhibition appropriated the floor space which contained Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds (see picture below) one of the featured artworks in our Tate à Tate audio tour. This...
Listening in with Tate à Tate

Listening in with Tate à Tate

Dr Andrew Filmer, Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at Aberystwyth University reports back on his experience with the Tate à Tate audio tour. What I love about audio tours – such as Lavinia Greenlaw’s recent Audio Obscura, or Platform’s And While London Burns – is the way they help me sidestep the sensory overload...

Social Licence: Complicity in the Age of Extraction

This article, by Kevin Smith of Platform and Clayton Thomas Muller of the Indigenous Environmental Network first appeared in the Winter 2011/12 issue of Fuse Magazine in Canada. At first glance, there might not seem to be an obvious common ground between indigenous activists in Canada, performance artists in the UK and climate activists in...

Permis social : Complicité à l’ère de l’extraction

This article was first published in Le Journal des Alternatives. by Kevin Smith and Clayton Thomas Mueller À première vue, il ne semble pas y avoir un lien manifeste entre les activistes indigènes au Canada, la performance des artistes au Royaume-Uni et les activistes environnementaux dans ces deux pays. Cependant, la controverse internationale au sujet...
How John Browne, BP and the Old Boys Network keep the arts well-oiled

How John Browne, BP and the Old Boys Network keep the arts well-oiled

It’s 10.30am on a spectacularly sunny winter’s day and I’m in the Members’ Room at Tate Modern.  The room overlooks the Square Mile – London’s financial district – and the view symbolises the growing pressures on artists and arts organisations to seek funding from the private sector, specifically from business. Looking once again at the panel...
Culture Beyond Oil - Resonance FM radio show

Culture Beyond Oil – Resonance FM radio show

A one hour radio show on oil sponsorship of the arts that was created by Mel Evans and Kevin Smith, broadcast on the 25th December 2011 on Resonance FM.
BP Portrait Award exhibitor speaks about BP

BP Portrait Award exhibitor speaks about BP

Raoul Martinez is a portrait artist who has twice been shortlisted as part of the prestigious BP Portrait Award. We hooked him up with a journalist for an upcoming article about the ongoing controversies around arts sponsorship, such as the news in the Guardian about Tate's review of BP sponsorship, and Alice Oswald withdrawing from...
Oil Spill Art - Ruppe Koselleck on the Culture Beyond Oil launch

Oil Spill Art – Ruppe Koselleck on the Culture Beyond Oil launch

Last week, we launched our new publication Not if but when – Culture Beyond Oil, and German artist Ruppe Koselleck came over to help us personalise each and every one that we printed. Here’s his take on how it went. The experiment: 1000 crude oil drawings for 1000 copies to support the end of oil...

Tate Director Serota says decision on BP sponsorship soon

Pressure mounts on Trustees to reject extension of relationship with BP as more than 8,000 Tate Members and visitors sign open letter calling on the art museum to break links with oil company 5 December 2011 – For Immediate Release The decision about whether or not to renew an increasingly controversial sponsorship contract with oil...