RBS finances Tullow's drilling in Ghana

RBS finances Tullow’s drilling in Ghana

  Tullow Oil Plc has secured a finance deal with a number of banks including the publicly owned Royal Bank of Scotland. The company says the $3.5m debt refinancing will in part be used for its operations in Ghana. Platform has watched the developments in Ghana closely. Amongst other concerns, Tullow has continued to flare...
Is it me or is he anti-BP? Check out the new Patrick Keiller @TateBritain

Is it me or is he anti-BP? Check out the new Patrick Keiller @TateBritain

Having followed the now numerous stunning images of performance interventions at Tate galleries in response to BP sponsorship, when I visited Patrick Keiller’s The Robinson Institute exhibition last week, I was drawn to the BP related content and the ways it resonated with the protests that have taken place in the same space. I recommend...
Better Banking in Action: A Credit Union Open Day - Sat 6th October 2012

Better Banking in Action: A Credit Union Open Day – Sat 6th October 2012

This is a guest blog by Danni Paffard, one of the fabulous people at Move Your Money – the campaign for people to switch accounts from dirty banks to more ethical or community finance institutions. As scandal after scandal blows up in the papers, and the behaviour of our big banks goes from bad to...
Talking memes

Talking memes

How can we use images to tell the stories we want to tell – and avoid repeating the ones we don’t? Photo memes are fast becoming a viral hit. Quicker than 30 second videos, the combination of an image and a short piece of text is being used across social media to convey jokes or...
Collected Films by the Reclaim Shakespeare Company: 'To BP or not BP'

Collected Films by the Reclaim Shakespeare Company: ‘To BP or not BP’

The Reclaim Shakespeare Company has delivered a spectacular set of performances at BP sponsored Royal Shakespeare Company events over the Cultural Olympiad season. Here's the collection of videos they've put together to tell the whole story. Performance 1: The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, before The Tempest, April 23rd (Shakespeare’s birthday!) Performance 2: The Royal Shakespeare Theatre...
Opportunity - 3 day workshop with Platform and Live Art Development Agency

Opportunity – 3 day workshop with Platform and Live Art Development Agency

Art-Oil-Numbers-Bodies-Love: Live Art Workshop on the Problems of the Oil Economy and Oil Sponsorship of the Arts with Nicole Garneau  August 9-12, 2012 Application deadline: July 9 Art-Oil-Numbers-Bodies-Love is a 3-day intensive workshop in which participants will be encouraged to try different strategies for producing small solo and collaborative live art gestures or mini-performances on the subject of...

Party for Everybody? Eurovision and The Oil Road on Resonance FM Thursday 8pm

Q: What do the Eurovision Song Contest, the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development have in common? A: Blurred ‘continental’ boundaries The Eurovision Song Contest takes place this Saturday night in host country Azerbaijan, which is also home to the subject of Platform’s upcoming book release The Oil Road – the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan...
Tate Modern removes oil from its new galleries

Tate Modern removes oil from its new galleries

What were “The Oil Tanks” at Tate Modern have now been rebranded as “The Tanks” within recent Tate press communications it has been noted by campaign group Platform [1]. It appears that the forthcoming launch of its new space has prompted Tate to remove the word ‘oil’ from the name of its new galleries that are now referred to...
RBS outed for pro-tar sands lobbying

RBS outed for pro-tar sands lobbying

Despite vehemently protesting our calculations of £2.5 billion in Canadian tar sands finance 2008-2010, the Royal Bank of Scotland is today reported by Reuters to be closely involved in the pro-Canadian tar sands lobby in Europe.
Standing up to BP: The Way of Water on stage

Standing up to BP: The Way of Water on stage

We’re very pleased to host this guest blog by Caridad Svich, playwright of The Way of Water, which you can witness at a reading 3pm this Sunday 13th May for FREE at Rosemary Branch Theatre, London. Over the month of April, over 1000 audiences from Occupy Ashland in Oregon to the National Theatre Institute in Waterford, CT, from...
DIY 9 Call for Proposals

DIY 9 Call for Proposals

Platform is collaborating with Live Art Development Agency (LADA) and others to participate in DIY 9 – professional development by artists for artists. DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists. Deadline for proposals to run DIY 9 projects: Noon Monday...
Tate à Tate - new video

Tate à Tate – new video

Check out the new promo video for Tate à Tate. And if you haven’t taken the tour yet, download for free at www.tateatate.org