'Return' - new poem for the Bus by Sai Murray

‘Return’ – new poem for the Bus by Sai Murray

This summer, Platform commissioned Sai Murray – poet, writer, and spoken word supremo – to write a poem about the Bus’s journey to Ogoniland. Sai made some stunning political connections to other struggles, connections in all these years we had not made ourselves. John Ruskin once said “The best response to a work of art...
Release the Bus memorial NOW: Artists, campaigners and others speak out!

Release the Bus memorial NOW: Artists, campaigners and others speak out!

Twenty years ago, on 10th November 1995, the Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed, alongside eight colleagues, for crimes they did not commit. They were campaigning against Shell’s exploitation and environmental destruction of Ogoniland in the Niger Delta of Nigeria. As a Living Memorial, The Battle Bus, a large-scale mobile interactive steel sculpture...
Nov 10th Artists on why Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni struggle matters

Nov 10th Artists on why Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni struggle matters

The Bus memorial to writer and campaigner Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni 8 has been seized by Nigerian military. On Nov 10th it will be 20 years since the executions of Ken and the other Ogoni men by Nigeria’s then military government for protesting against Shell and other oil companies. Shell still have not started...
Seizure of Ken Saro-Wiwa Memorial Bus #bus4ogoni9

Seizure of Ken Saro-Wiwa Memorial Bus #bus4ogoni9

This statement is issued to call public attention to the seizure by the Nigerian Customs Service of a “Living Memorial” to Ken Saro-Wiwa donated by Platform  – friends and colleagues in the United Kingdom – to the Ogoni people. The memorial is a sculpture of a bus made in remembrance of the struggles of Ken...
You'll want this stunning new poster artwork for the Ogoni 9

You’ll want this stunning new poster artwork for the Ogoni 9

Long-term struggles need new creative energy to stay nourished. So today we launch a stunning new print artwork – a collaboration between the internationally acclaimed political artist Alfredo Jaar and designer Jon Daniel. Platform commissioned it mark the 20th anniversary of the executions of writer and campaigner Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 Ogoni colleagues. Below, see how you can...
Fossil Funds Free campaign - We are at 300!

Fossil Funds Free campaign – We are at 300!

Over the past ten days since the launch of Fossil Funds Free, ever increasing numbers of artists, writers, performers, and organisations have joined the Fossil Funds Free commitment. This is what they are committing to: ‘We do not take any oil, coal, or gas corporate sponsorship for our cultural work. We call on our peers and...
What does a socially just energy system look like? We discuss the issues at the Centre for Alternative Technology

What does a socially just energy system look like? We discuss the issues at the Centre for Alternative Technology

Last weekend the Centre for Alternative Technology hosted the Small is Beautiful festival – two days of DIY wind power workshops, straw building, singing workshops, and a series of participatory debates. With its stunning backdrop of sustainable architecture and functioning forest gardens, CAT is home to progressive postgraduate courses on climate adaptation and politics. Researchers at CAT have spent years crunching...
Save the date - Action Saro-Wiwa events

Save the date – Action Saro-Wiwa events

2015 is the 20th anniversary of the executions of Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 other Ogoni men. They were murdered by the Nigerian military government for protesting against Shell’s devastation of their Niger Delta land, once the breadbasket of Africa. Action Saro-Wiwa is contributing to two events coming up in August to push for justice...
Poetry that changes us - and join Shake! in August

Poetry that changes us – and join Shake! in August

We are not idealists. We know that art alone does not make the revolution. But we are not fools. We know that revolution is impossible without the art. Frente Popular, Dario Santillan Platform was invited to take part in the recent ‘Footprint Modulation: art, climate and displacement‘. This was a multi-site exhibition and season of...
SuAndi of National Black Arts Alliance on justice in arts funding

SuAndi of National Black Arts Alliance on justice in arts funding

In November I participated in a seminar* on arts policy and heard writer, performance poet, and Freelance Cultural Director of National Black Arts Alliance, SuAndi give an arresting paper to an almost totally white audience of arts practitioners, funders, and policymakers. She generously agreed to it being published here.     “I have told this before Many times Too...
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...
Today is the 19th anniversary of the executions of Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 Ogoni colleagues

Today is the 19th anniversary of the executions of Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 Ogoni colleagues

It is genocide. I accuse the oil companies of practising racism because they do in Ogoni what they do not do in other parts of the world. Ken Saro-Wiwa, 1993 On November 10th 1995, Nigerian writer and campaigner Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight colleagues were executed by the then military government for protesting against oil companies’...