Picture This - artist Raoul Martinez on why oil sponsorship must end

Picture This – artist Raoul Martinez on why oil sponsorship must end

Over the past week we’ve published chapter by chapter the text from our new report ‘Picture This’ against BP’s sponsorship of the National Portrait Gallery’s Portrait Award. Below is the final chapter, ‘Picturing the Future’, brilliantly and calmly reasoned by artist Raoul Martinez. Raoul has been 3-times shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award and has...
'Picture This' report extract - BP's ongoing Gulf Coast disaster & 'artful dodging'

‘Picture This’ report extract – BP’s ongoing Gulf Coast disaster & ‘artful dodging’

Last week we published a critical new report ‘Picture This – A Portrait of 25 years of BP Sponsorship‘, timed with the opening of the National Portrait Gallery London’s new ‘BP Portrait Award’ exhibition. In a series of blogs, we are featuring extracts from the report. Today’s blog shares devastating testimony and analysis from two...
Art Not Oil's week of action on NPG's 'BP Portrait Award'

Art Not Oil’s week of action on NPG’s ‘BP Portrait Award’

Have a look at the ‘Storify’ to see some of the actions, reactions and impacts that happened around the National Portrait Gallery’s opening of this year’s BP Portrait Award. The main events were… On Saturday – ‘Portraits in Oil‘ performance-intervention at the NPG by Art Not Oil Coalition On Wednesday (day  of the exhibition’s press...
'Picture This' extract - 25 years of BP Sponsorship, year by year

‘Picture This’ extract – 25 years of BP Sponsorship, year by year

Today we focus on the section of our report that outlined BP’s track record 1989 – 2014, the period of BP’s sponsorship of the National Portrait Gallery’s Portrait Award. Here’s the whole report.  We have pulled out 25 examples of BP’s worst environmental and human rights disasters and also evidence of dodgy and backroom deals...
New report 'Picture This' on the BP Portrait Award - extract on National Portrait Gallery

New report ‘Picture This’ on the BP Portrait Award – extract on National Portrait Gallery

Our new report Picture This – A Portrait of 25 years of BP sponsorship is in 5 parts. Each part addresses a different aspect of the issue, and should cause deep concern in any institution’s corporate sponsorship department that wants to operate ethically. Even though its publication is triggered by the 2014 BP Portrait Award...
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...
'The Bus' memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa is on the move...

‘The Bus’ memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa is on the move…

Today, the Bus moved from Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham where it has been for three years, round the corner to Hale Village where it will be throughout 2014. The Living Memorial to Ken Saro-Wiwa, aka The Bus, is a spectacular steel sculpture by artist Sokari Douglas Camp. Platform commissioned it in 2005, the...
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....
News from Virginia - The most difficult retreat of all

News from Virginia – The most difficult retreat of all

Mika Minio-Paluello, Anna Galkina and James Marriott are travelling in North America as part of a book-tour to promote The Oil Road – Journeys from the Caspian to the City of London. You can find more info about their confirmed speaking dates in Virginia, the Bay Area, Toronto, Baltimore and Washington DC, New Orleans and...
Official: Shake! Showcase at least 18% better than Glastonbury

Official: Shake! Showcase at least 18% better than Glastonbury

BLOG from Platform’s youth project Shake!, first posted 28.6.13. Gender issues get a lot of discussion here at Shake! so it was with interest that we saw this article today on the representation of women on the line-up at festivals. We thought it only fair that we checked ourselves and with a hasty count-up and...
'Oil City' ends, and Shake! youth showcase this Sunday

‘Oil City’ ends, and Shake! youth showcase this Sunday

Today’s the last day of Platform’s performance ‘Oil City‘ – the spy-thriller for the post-Occupy age. I went last Thursday with the same bare information as any non-Platform person would have. For the past two weeks, at 9am, 1pm and 5pm, audiences of 6 people have been taken on an intense and beautifully crafted set...
30 years old today

30 years old today

Platform has no precedence in this country: a theatre group that does not believe in directors or actors; a political group that does not believe in leaving politics to politicians. It exists to heal the division of creative artist from passive audience, the division between specialist disciplines. (Manifesto, 1987) Rummaging in the archive recently, we...