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Stranding the Leviathan - a report from the Shell AGM in Den Haag, Netherlands

Stranding the Leviathan – a report from the Shell AGM in Den Haag, Netherlands

We are in the dim light and red velvet of the Circustheatre in Den Haag for the Shell AGM. Up on the podium are the assembled bishops of the company. Eight in the back row all non-executives. Five in the front row: the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Executive, the Chairman and two non-excutives. Behind...
The Management of Democracy - a report from the BP AGM 2015

The Management of Democracy – a report from the BP AGM 2015

The low hanger of the ExCeL building – the London Exhibition Centre – squats grey and devoid of windows on the northern quayside of the former Royal Victoria Dock which was closed and privatised in 1981. Despite having visited this hall for most of the BP Annual General Meetings of the past decade, the place...
The tiger, the artists and the oil dictator's daughter - Ackroyd & Harvey pull out of Aliyev funded exhibition

The tiger, the artists and the oil dictator’s daughter – Ackroyd & Harvey pull out of Aliyev funded exhibition

In the glass confines of Holborn’s Display Gallery, in the lower recessed space an animal-like skin lays slung and discarded over a length of thick rope. Created by artists Ackroyd & Harvey, Pelt is a poignant image of death. On one side grass of differing shades creates a tiger’s delicate markings, on the other a raw hide-like...
Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts. Launch events

Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts. Launch events

Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts explores the murky world of oil sponsorship of the arts, focusing on the deep-rooted relationship between our art institutions and the multi-national corporations that fund them. In the wake of massive environmental disasters created by the oil industry, companies such as BP and Shell are using arts sponsorship as...
#MuseumWeek special: British Museum's BP secrets revealed & more

#MuseumWeek special: British Museum’s BP secrets revealed & more

The latest just in: British Museum’s BP secrets revealed BP Or Not BP? forced British Museum to reveal: BP sponsorship was just £596,000 per year from 2000- 2011 – around 0.8% of the Museum’s income. The figures were revealed under Freedom Of Information Act, just a few weeks after we forced Tate to admit that BP’s...
Find out about Shake's new youth-led research collective and its new work on public space, young people and 'violence'

Find out about Shake’s new youth-led research collective and its new work on public space, young people and ‘violence’

Shake! is excited to launch its youth-led research collective. It starts from questions about power that come up time and again as we make and remake Shake! Why are we young people always the objects of ‘research’ and ‘policy’? And why young people of colour in particular? We are not interested in being described, explained, being told...
‘Walking among the ruins of the future’ - thinking of a city beyond neoliberalism

‘Walking among the ruins of the future’ – thinking of a city beyond neoliberalism

  I’m waiting for Mika at the entrance to the Canary Wharf underground. We are about to go for a walk around the Isle of Dogs in the Borough of Tower Hamlets. Unfortunately we are waiting at different station exits. The upside is that I spend twenty-five minutes absorbing the scene, observing a place I’d...
Take the Money and Run? How arts fundraising shapes the future

Take the Money and Run? How arts fundraising shapes the future

Article by Anna Galkina published in Dance UK magazine, March 2015. On a hot summer evening in July 2011, as the crowd in Trafalgar Square was settling down to enjoy a Royal Opera House production of Cinderella, a ballet dancer dressed as the White Swan appeared in front of the BP Big Screen. As she...
#Budget2015: Welfare for Fossil Fuels, Austerity for the rest

#Budget2015: Welfare for Fossil Fuels, Austerity for the rest

This blog was written jointly with Greg Muttitt of Oil Change International Today, Osborne announced massive tax breaks and subsidies for North Sea oil companies. A new £1.3 billion in subsidies will be handed to oil companies, with the burden transferred to the public. £1.3 billion could cover the costs of employing another 20,000 nurses...
New book ‘Artwash’ reveals Big Oil’s art PR strategies

New book ‘Artwash’ reveals Big Oil’s art PR strategies

Artwash: Big Oil and The Arts by Mel Evans, out 20 April with Pluto Press To arrange interviews, contact Anna Galkina / [email protected]don.org / @platformlondon For review copies or to arrange the publication of an abstract, contact Alison Alexanian / [email protected] New book analyses BP and Shell’s strategy to gain ‘social licence to operate’ by...
Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts. Out 20.04.15. Press pack

Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts. Out 20.04.15. Press pack

Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts is out 20.04.2015. Images and video here

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...