This page lists all of Platform’s press releases

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...

Tate Soundscape Hijacked by Artists

BP’s environmental record is appalling yet many people are prepared to turn a blind eye to the fact that Tate is in bed with BP, one of the “ten worst corporations’’ based on its environmental and human rights record. A new series of artworks questioning Tate’s relationship with BP has been commissioned by three activist...

Artists & activists react angrily to BP sponsorship announcement

Artists and environmentalists have reacted angrily to an announcement this morning that BP will be pledging £10m over the next five years to sponsor the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House and Tate Britain. The announcement from BP comes at a time when the sponsorship arrangements between oil companies and cultural...

Tate Director Serota says decision on BP sponsorship soon

Pressure mounts on Trustees to reject extension of relationship with BP as more than 8,000 Tate Members and visitors sign open letter calling on the art museum to break links with oil company 5 December 2011 – For Immediate Release The decision about whether or not to renew an increasingly controversial sponsorship contract with oil...

Eni misleads shareholders over end to gas flaring in Nigeria

15 November 2011 Italian oil major Eni is misleading shareholders over the company’s commitment to end gas flaring in Nigeria, according to a new report [1] by an international delegation of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), following a recent fact finding mission to the Niger Delta. Gas flaring is illegal in Nigeria. The report, entitled The reality behind EU ‘energy...

New research reveals Shell paid militants who destroyed Nigerian towns

Shell fuelled human rights abuses in Nigeria by paying huge contracts to armed militants, according to a new report published by Platform and a coalition of NGOs and featured today in The Guardian. [1] Counting the Cost implicates Shell in cases of serious violence in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region from 2000 to 2010.[2] The report uncovers how Shell’s...

First Nations protest tar sands investment at Royal Bank of Scotland AGM

Canadian First Nations representatives to voice opposition in person at RBS AGM New research shows that, since public bail-out in 2008, RBS has raised more than £5.6 billion for companies involved in controversial Canadian tar sands projects, £2.2 billion of which was in the last twelve months Representatives from some of Canada’s First Nations are...

Campaigners condemn link between public money and Cairn’s Arctic drilling

RBS provided loan to oil company one month before it acquired rig for arctic drilling Joint press release from PLATFORM, Friends of the Earth Scotland and the World Development Movement A coalition of environmental and social justice organisations in the UK are condemning the use of public money, through 83% publicly owned RBS, to provide...

Transforming RBS into “Green Investment Bank” could create 50,000 green jobs

Transforming the Royal Bank of Scotland into the Green Investment Bank would kick start the green energy revolution.  The research, by former PricewaterhouseCoopers consultant, James Leaton, finds that it would bring 50, 000 new green jobs a year, increase efficiency, reduce the UK’s carbon emissions and improve international competitiveness – whilst not increasing the budget...

Unprecedented coalition from the arts condemns BP-sponsorship of the Tate

171 figures from the arts sign letter on the day Tate celebrates 20 years of BP funding A letter today was published in the Guardian today signed by 171 figures from the art world condemning BP’s sponsorship of cultural institutions in the UK. The letter has been published on the day that Tate Britain is...

Taxpayers’ money involved in financing controversial tar sands companies

New report exposes RBS involvement in Canada’s “blood oil” Bank executives meet in Toronto and discuss concerns about public backlash over involvement in tar sands Environmental and development groups announce a week of protest around the RBS AGM in April over the bank’s tar sands investments It’s been revealed that RBS have been involved in...

New legal action over latest RBS bail out

Last November’s £25 billion cash injection deemed ‘unlawful’ by campaigners Treasury’s intervention in bankers’ bonuses strengthens campaigners case Three pressure groups today served the Treasury with their application to the High Court, challenging last November’s decision to provide a further £25 billion of public money to the Royal Bank of Scotland. According to the Treasury’s...