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This Bitter Earth – rendering the invisible visible

During my leave over the summer I was really glad to catch the performance Arctic Requiem outside the Shell Centre in August. Here’s a piece I wrote about it, prior to Shell’s decision to cease drilling in the Arctic Ocean. The rain lashes down. A strong south westerly drives it along the Thames, across Jubilee...

Mind the gap: expert evaluations of Tate’s ethical decision-making over BP

In 2016 Tate will decide whether to renew its current five-year sponsorship deal with BP. Tate’s Ethics Committee last reviewed BP sponsorship in 2010-11 to make a recommendation to the art museum’s Board of Trustees for or against renewal. This happened while increasing numbers of artists, Tate members, gallery visitors and commentators were challenging BP’s...

Mind the Gap: Contradictions in Tate’s ethical decision-making over BP

In 2016 Tate will decide whether to renew its current five-year sponsorship deal with BP. Tate’s Ethics Committee last reviewed BP sponsorship in 2010-11 to make a recommendation to the art museum’s Board of Trustees for or against renewal. This happened while increasing numbers of artists, Tate members, gallery visitors and commentators were challenging BP’s...

Tate’s BP decision: What should Tate have done differently?

David Carrington explains why arts organisations seeking commercial support could learn important lessons from the way Tate conducts itself as revealed through the recent BP sponsorship Freedom of Information case. David is an independent consultant and governance adviser. This article is part of ‘Mind the Gap: expert evaluations of Tate’s ethical decision-making over BP‘. For...

Tate’s BP decision: Climate, ethics, and reputation-management

by Bridget McKenzie Bridget McKenzie is a cultural learning consultant and director of Flow UK. Previously she was head of learning at the British Library for five years, and was Education Officer for Tate. This article is part of ‘Mind the Gap: expert evaluations of Tate’s ethical decision-making over BP’. For more expert comment and...

Tate’s BP decision: Ethics, transparency, law and process

Assessment of minutes and processes of the Tate Ethics Committee based on documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. By Tim Crook, Head of Media Law & Ethics and Radio in the department of Media & Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London. Holding the appointment of Reader in Media and Communication at Goldsmiths and Visiting...

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] / @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...

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...

Take the Money and Run? a response to an event about ethics, funding and art by Mary Paterson

Take The Money And Run? was an event about ethics, funding and art that took place at Toynbee Studios, London on January 29, 2015. Attended by over 200 people, it was a day of presentations and discussion hosted by three organisations, Live Art Development Agency, Artsadmin, Home Live Art and produced in collaboration with Platform. We commissioned Mary Paterson...

Take The Money And Run? Ethics, funding and art

40-min and 5-min documentation of Take The Money And Run? - an event about ethics, funding and art that took place at Toynbee Studios, London on January 29, 2015.

BP or not BP? That is the question…

by Lindsey Harrod, Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy

Fueling Culture: Arts

This is a draft paper due to appear in Fueling Culture: Politics, History, Energy (forthcoming). Imre Szeman, ed. New York: Fordham University Press. By Mika Minio-Paluello and Anna Galkina We need to de-fossilize our energy systems in the immediate future. To anyone paying attention, this is obvious. That requires shifting away from oil, coal and...