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North Sea oil companies demand tax breaks in budget, despite 6 years of eye-watering profit levels

Press release from Platform and Oil Change International Contact:  Mika Minio-Paluello – Platform – 020 7403 3738 / 07733466038      ///////         Greg Muttitt – Oil Change International – 07508 421 527 Figures released today show that North Sea oil and gas companies are many more times profitable than other businesses in the UK and already benefit...

Art and power: reflections on austerity and sponsorship

We often get asked: if we want the arts to be free from sponsorship by climate-wrecking oil companies, where’s the money going to come from? And aren’t we just going to push art institutions towards other corporate sponsors (arms dealers, banks) with tarnished reputations to polish? My immediate answer to this question is in the...
Take the Money and Run? a response to an event about ethics, funding and art by Mary Paterson

Take the Money and Run? a response to an event about ethics, funding and art by Mary Paterson

Take The Money And Run? was an event about ethics, funding and art that took place at Toynbee Studios, London on January 29, 2015. Attended by over 200 people, it was a day of presentations and discussion hosted by three organisations, Live Art Development Agency, Artsadmin, Home Live Art and produced in collaboration with Platform. We commissioned Mary Paterson...

BP or not BP? That is the question…

by Lindsey Harrod, Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy

Bigger pictures on arts issues: workers at the National Gallery and BP’s sponsorship of Tate

Letter on disclosure of Tate/BP sponsorship figures from Graham Bennett, Friends of Alexandra Palace Theatre.  

Tate reveals BP sponsorship figures

News  –

Does Tate really need to take BP’s sponsorship money?

Mark Brown, arts correspondent, The Guardian

Tate/BP disclosure on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Front Row’

Interview by Samira Ahmed with Anna Galkina (Platform) and BBC arts editor Will Gompertz,  formerly of Tate Media

Tate’s BP sponsorship was £150,000 to £330,000 a year, figures show

Mark Brown, arts correspondence, The Guardian

Deadline day for Tate to disclose value of BP sponsorship

Mark Brown and Terry Macalister, The Guardian
Sponsorship in the spotlight

Sponsorship in the spotlight

Article by Anna Galkina, originally published in Arts Professional On 22 December the UK Information Tribunal ruled Tate galleries must disclose the sums of BP sponsorship through the years 1990 to 2006, as well as some details of internal decision-making on the sponsorship deal. The Independent described the ruling as “embarrassing” and a “landmark victory” for campaigners...
Share price of BP falling - will Shell take over BP?

Share price of BP falling – will Shell take over BP?

As the London Stock Exchange opened at 09.00 on Tuesday, 16th December, BP’s shareprice was down to 365 pence. It was the bottom of a long slide from 448 pence on the 21st November and investors in the company looked concerned that BP was failing badly. Shares in BP have lost 25% of their value...