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(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
Infographic: Culture Clash - Arts & Oil Money

Infographic: Culture Clash – Arts & Oil Money

Download as a pdf At the end of 2011, BP announced a £10 million sponsorship deal for four of London’s flagship cultural institutions over a five year period. The Culture Clash infographic shows pie charts of the four institutions – Tate, British Museum, Royal Opera House and the National Portrait gallery and breaks down their...
Self- Reparations: Art,  Activism & Well-being

Self- Reparations: Art, Activism & Well-being

via voices that shake! “Creativity is the immune system of the mind” Once again I was shaken by the Shakers! Feel very honoured to be one of the facilitators on this project as the generosity, trust, desire to learn, share, give and work together for change is genuine and inspiring from all. This is now...

DIY 11: 2014 Call for proposals

Want to run training for artists on race & intergenerationality?  In partnership with LADA we are making a call for proposals on the following theme: Let Go Of The Shore* Shake! seeks proposals on live art, intergenerationality and race. You are invited to devise a project that brings together artists committed to thinking and making...
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...
Arts and Ethical Fundraising Policies – you know they make sense

Arts and Ethical Fundraising Policies – you know they make sense

In the context of the furore that’s raging about artists provoking the Sydney Biennale to reject funding from Transfield Holdings – who run offshore detention centres for asylum seekers – now is the moment to really grasp just how incendiary the sources of our funding can be. Or to put it positively, just how important...
Shake! February 2014 sharing

Shake! February 2014 sharing

Another February half term. Another Shake Intensive. This Shake was perhaps one of the most free-flowing organic Shakes we’ve had. The discussions were epic with Adam Cooper provoking us to think about policing when we are aware of our rights as citizens, while Mark Fisher’s discussion was a historical journey through social justice with an...

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...
Gas grabs and 5 questions to power at the Caspian Corridor Conference

Gas grabs and 5 questions to power at the Caspian Corridor Conference

The Euro Caspian Mega Pipeline is a massive infrastructure system designed to suck gas out of the Caspian into Western Europe. Construction of the pipeline involves politics and finance as much as it does concrete building materials,  and the conference I’m about to go to is one in a series of events attempting to make...
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....
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...
Sign the petition: Shell must clean up its oil pollution in the Niger Delta

Sign the petition: Shell must clean up its oil pollution in the Niger Delta

The Niger Delta is one of the most polluted places on earth, laid to waste by an oil industry that does not respect people or the environment. It wasn’t always that way. Before Shell first discovered oil in Nigeria in 1956, it was a globally important wetland habitat with rich biodiversity, providing livelihoods for people for centuries. A...