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‘Cleaned’ Nigerian sites still blighted by oil

Rob Davies, Daily Mail
20 year's since Ken Saro Wiwa's arrest - 20 years of Shell's inaction

20 year’s since Ken Saro Wiwa’s arrest – 20 years of Shell’s inaction

Twenty years ago today, Ken Saro-Wiwa was arrested for the final time. Eighteen months later he and eight others were dead; hanged by the Nigerian military government on trumped up charges, for campaigning against Shell’s destruction of their home. Today is also Shell’s London AGM – a chance to foreground the voices of those still...

Arts activism, London style

Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio National programme Books and Arts Daily – Michael Cathcart interview with Jane Trowell, Platform, on ethics, arts and corporate sponsorship http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandartsdaily/platform-london/5450042

Not cool

(on Tate’s reaction to Platform’s Freedom of Information request to see the minutes of the ethics committee for the meeting where the decision on renewing BP’s sponsorship was taken) Art Monthly news piece

Extent of oil money in the arts revealed by new research and infographic

Oil money only ‘tiny sliver’ in comparison to overall incomes New research from oil industry watchdog Platform today has revealed how small the amount of oil money going into UK arts institutions compared to their overall budgets. At the end of 2011, BP announced a £10 million sponsorship deal for four of London’s flagship cultural...
A Temporary Difficulty? The Tate Modern audio tour revamp

A Temporary Difficulty? The Tate Modern audio tour revamp

Guest blogpost by Phil England. It was four years ago this week that the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded while drilling into BP’s Macondo oil well, killing eleven people. In a report issued last week, the National Wildlife Federation records that over 900 bottlenose dolphins have been found dead or stranded in the area since...
Time for Tate to stop being so shady over BP sponsorship

Time for Tate to stop being so shady over BP sponsorship

We’re a more open organisation than any equivalent organisation in the world… —-So said Nick Serota back in 2008. More open than the National Gallery, for instance, who took three weeks to reveal its £30,000 /year sponsorship deal with Finmeccanica to Campaign Against the Arms Trade?  Or how about the Natural History Museum, who took...
African Uprisings: Corporations, Conflict, Culture And Community Resistance in Nigeria

African Uprisings: Corporations, Conflict, Culture And Community Resistance in Nigeria

25 March 6.30-8.30pm Hosted and chaired by the Pan African Students’ Union Speakers: Lazarus Tamana European Coordinator of the Movement of the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) Celestine AkpoBari community organiser from Ogoniland in the Niger Delta Sokari Douglas Camp CBE Nigerian-born, British artist, winner of the commission to create a ‘Living Memorial to...

Taking on the fossil fuel corporations and winning – reflections from the Niger Delta and the UK

29 March 7-8.30pm Oxford Action Resource Centre in East Oxford Community Centre, Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1DD. Celestine AkpoBari a community organiser from the Niger Delta and speakers from No Dash for Gas Oxford and Platform lead a discussion on: What has the struggle in the Niger Delta got to do with resistance in the UK against fracking? How...
Hands down White boy! Privilege and oil spills in New Orleans

Hands down White boy! Privilege and oil spills in New Orleans

“I came to realise that I needed “Hey-White-Boy-don’t-keep-putting-your-hand-up-training”. Yotam Marom, who came to the attention of the US media in 2011 through his role in the early days of Occupy Wall Street, is explaining his views on how to be a ‘leader’ in a ‘leaderless organisation’. He’s a young White man from Hoboken, New Jersey....
'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...
Cameron's floods response? Drill baby, drill!

Cameron’s floods response? Drill baby, drill!

The flood-waters are slowly receding. Communities across the country are still struggling to regain a sense of normality after the wettest winter on record. Questions are being raised about extreme weather in the UK, how prepared we are to deal with it, and whether or not this is a taster of things to come. You’re...