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Pressure grows over BP arts sponsorship

Oil giant facing criticism over corporate sponsorship of cultural institutions including the Royal Opera House Terry Macalister, The Guardian
After nearly three years of legal struggle, is Tate going to shed light on BP sponsorship details?

After nearly three years of legal struggle, is Tate going to shed light on BP sponsorship details?

On Thursday Tate is going to be appearing before the Information Tribunal over their lack of disclosure about conversations around BP sponsorship and about the amount of money that they’re getting from BP.It’s in Tate’s interest for people to think that it couldn’t possibly survive without BP’s dirty money, but we don’t think that’s true....
Art in the face of climate change - Deller, detachment and William Morris

Art in the face of climate change – Deller, detachment and William Morris

Recently I gave a short talk followed by a lengthy discussion in a ‘Green Drinks’ forum organised by Artsadmin at Toynbee Studios in Whitechapel, London. The audience was comprised mainly of people in the arts engaged with ecology, and people in the ecological movement engaged with the arts. The text of the talk ran as...

Not cool

(on Tate’s reaction to Platform’s Freedom of Information request to see the minutes of the ethics committee for the meeting where the decision on renewing BP’s sponsorship was taken) Art Monthly news piece
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...
Infographic: Culture Clash - Arts & Oil Money

Infographic: Culture Clash – Arts & Oil Money

Download as a pdf At the end of 2011, BP announced a £10 million sponsorship deal for four of London’s flagship cultural institutions over a five year period. The Culture Clash infographic shows pie charts of the four institutions – Tate, British Museum, Royal Opera House and the National Portrait gallery and breaks down their...
A Temporary Difficulty? The Tate Modern audio tour revamp

A Temporary Difficulty? The Tate Modern audio tour revamp

Guest blogpost by Phil England. It was four years ago this week that the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded while drilling into BP’s Macondo oil well, killing eleven people. In a report issued last week, the National Wildlife Federation records that over 900 bottlenose dolphins have been found dead or stranded in the area since...
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...
Hands down White boy! Privilege and oil spills in New Orleans

Hands down White boy! Privilege and oil spills in New Orleans

“I came to realise that I needed “Hey-White-Boy-don’t-keep-putting-your-hand-up-training”. Yotam Marom, who came to the attention of the US media in 2011 through his role in the early days of Occupy Wall Street, is explaining his views on how to be a ‘leader’ in a ‘leaderless organisation’. He’s a young White man from Hoboken, New Jersey....
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

BP sponsorship provokes Tate Member resignations at AGM

As Christmas approaches, there’s a lot of Tate social media suggesting that you give the gift of Tate membership to your loved ones this year. But there are a number of Tate members who feel that membership means “just pay your fees and don’t ask questions.” The annual Tate Members AGM looks set to be...