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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...
Guest post: why we picketed Student Pride

Guest post: why we picketed Student Pride

This is a guest blog by Hannah Smith. A shorter version of this piece appeared in Diva Magazine’s blog. A strange thing happened the very first time I went to a pride march; usually a chatterbox, I fell silent. Watching the procession I was overwhelmed by a connection to the queer community – my community...

BP or not BP? That is the question…

by Lindsey Harrod, Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy
Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts

Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts

If you missed Take the Money and Run? – a discussion-packed day on ethics and arts funding – you also missed our sneak preview of Artwash the new book written by Mel Evans. Fear not! Mel recorded this short intro so you don’t have to miss out… 20 April 2015 is the fifth anniversary of...
We forced Tate to reveal BP secrets - now what?

We forced Tate to reveal BP secrets – now what?

Nearly three years after we first set out to find out how much BP gave Tate, the galleries  have finally revealed BP’s contribution between 1990-2006. The figures range between £150,000-£330,000 a year – even less than we expected. When I tried to lay the numbers out on a graph for comparison, it was hard to even get BP’s contribution to be visible...

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  – www.bbc.co.uk

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

Mark Brown, arts correspondent, The Guardian
Tate forced to reveal BP sponsorship details after 3-year legal battle

Tate forced to reveal BP sponsorship details after 3-year legal battle

Press release: Tate forced to reveal BP sponsorship details after 3-year legal battle Contact: Anna Galkina / [email protected] / @platformlondon Past BP sponsorship figures revealed, ranging between £150,000-£330,000 a year: around 0.5% of Tate’s budget. Minutes reveal Tate’s acknowledgement that “the reputational risk to Tate of retaining BP as a partner is significant.” Tate argued in court...

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