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Join Platform’s Reading Group on ethics, business sponsorship, and making art

“Take the money and run? Some positions on ethics, business sponsorship and making art”  Tuesdays 15 & 29 May; 12 & 26 June, 2012; 6.30 – 8.30pm; London. Booking essential. As part of our work critiquing corporate sponsorship of the arts, we have set up this Reading Group, and you’re invited! The sessions will be based on...

Platform at State of the Arts Conference, #sota12

Presentation by James Marriott on 'Artists & the Future Environment'* The first speaker was writer Jay Griffiths, author of 'Wild', followed by myself, James Marriott, speaking for Platform. You can watch an interview I did after the presentation at the bottom of the text. Thank you Jay for a beautiful exposition of the relationship between...

Permis social : Complicité à l’ère de l’extraction

This article was first published in Le Journal des Alternatives. by Kevin Smith and Clayton Thomas Mueller À première vue, il ne semble pas y avoir un lien manifeste entre les activistes indigènes au Canada, la performance des artistes au Royaume-Uni et les activistes environnementaux dans ces deux pays. Cependant, la controverse internationale au sujet...

How John Browne, BP and the Old Boys Network keep the arts well-oiled

It’s 10.30am on a spectacularly sunny winter’s day and I’m in the Members’ Room at Tate Modern.  The room overlooks the Square Mile – London’s financial district – and the view symbolises the growing pressures on artists and arts organisations to seek funding from the private sector, specifically from business. Looking once again at the panel...

The Corporate Occupation of the Arts – Sat 14th of Jan

The Corporate Occupation of the Arts. -OccupyLSX / The Bank of Ideas Earl St. EC2A 2AL – Sat 14th Jan 2012.  2- 6pm We're taking part in this afternoon of presentations and discussions at the Bank of Ideas, an abandoned office block purchased several years ago by the bank UBS and squatted by Occupy LSX....

Culture Beyond Oil – Resonance FM radio show

A one hour radio show on oil sponsorship of the arts that was created by Mel Evans and Kevin Smith, broadcast on the 25th December 2011 on Resonance FM.

BP Portrait Award exhibitor speaks about BP

Raoul Martinez is a portrait artist who has twice been shortlisted as part of the prestigious BP Portrait Award. We hooked him up with a journalist for an upcoming article about the ongoing controversies around arts sponsorship, such as the news in the Guardian about Tate's review of BP sponsorship, and Alice Oswald withdrawing from...

Oil Spill Art – Ruppe Koselleck on the Culture Beyond Oil launch

Last week, we launched our new publication Not if but when – Culture Beyond Oil, and German artist Ruppe Koselleck came over to help us personalise each and every one that we printed. Here’s his take on how it went. The experiment: 1000 crude oil drawings for 1000 copies to support the end of oil...

Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil

At a time of growing unease within and without the cultural sector about the involvement of oil companies with the nation’s most high profile galleries, Not if but when – Culture Beyond Oil brings together responses of artists and activists to the debate in a unique collaboration between artists, activists, researchers, theorists and critics. Download...

Licence To Spill

This short publication looks at how oil companies need and use sponsorship of the arts.

ShellGuilty: International Coalition Targets Shell At Jazz Fest For Human Rights And Environmental Wrong Doing

ShellGuilty campaign demands Shell clean up in Louisiana and Nigeria FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 24th April 2009 NEW ORLEANS—Amplifying demands by environmentalists in Louisiana that Shell clean up the coast, campaigners have launched www.ShellJazzFest.com, a mock version of the official Jazz Fest website that tells the truth about Shell’s human rights and environmental record. In addition...