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Margaret Atwood says "we must talk" about Southbank Centre and Shell

Margaret Atwood says “we must talk” about Southbank Centre and Shell

The wonderful author Margaret Atwood is speaking tonight at the Southbank Centre about her new book MaddAdam, the highly anticipated trilogy, coming after Oryx and Crake, and After The Flood. The trilogy is an important work in the emerging field of climate change literature, with a dark, specualtive look at a dystopian future where the...
Shell sponsorship repeatedly crops up on first Meltdown weekend at Southbank

Shell sponsorship repeatedly crops up on first Meltdown weekend at Southbank

The first weekend of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown festival saw the issue of Shell’s sponsorship cropping up again and again. On Friday, we revealed in our new briefing Shell: Global Mega-Frackers that the Southbank sponsor was fracking or planning to frack in every continent, with operations happening in Canada, the USA, Argentina, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, the...
Meltdown festival put in fracking spotlight by new report

Meltdown festival put in fracking spotlight by new report

Yoko Ono’s anti-fracking activism contrasts with venue sponsors Shell’s international fracking activities A report published today called Shell Global Mega-Frackers has juxtaposed Yoko Ono’s anti-fracking activism in the US with new research showing the extent of Shell’s world-wide fracking activities. The report has been published on the first day of the international Meltdown Festival curated...
Shell: Global Mega-Frackers

Shell: Global Mega-Frackers

This briefing compiles numerous examples of Shell fracking around the world, but does not claim to be an exhaustive list. By timing the release with Yoko Ono’s involvement in the Meltdown Festival at the Shell-sponsored Southbank Centre, we hope to: Increase awareness of the enormous role that Shell is playing in expanding fracking operations all...

Oil City begins

Oil City’s first performances took place today, the start of its two week run. We don’t want to give too much away about this new work by Platform, but let’s just say this spy thriller is bringing out the spook in us all! Part of Artsadmin’s Two Degrees festival, Oil City is a piece of...
Uneasy listening: Shell, Strauss and the Southbank Centre

Uneasy listening: Shell, Strauss and the Southbank Centre

 This is a guest blog by Chris Garrard, a doctoral candidate in composition at the Faculty of Music at the University of Oxford. He is also an environmental and human rights campaigner. Yesterday afternoon, I attended a performance of Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen performed by Spira Mirabilis, with their rich performance sandwiched between two informative talks....

Book Review: Take the money and run?

by Bethany Rex, Arts Professional
Even oil dictators need a social license to operate - Aliyev's cultural spending spree

Even oil dictators need a social license to operate – Aliyev’s cultural spending spree

Whether it’s BP’s sponsorship of the Tate galleries, Shell’s funding for the Southbank Centre or Tullow Oil’s controversial deals with Sunderland football club oil company sponsorship of the arts is a familiar phenomenon. But what about oil dictators? Do they also need a social license to operate? What kinds of institutions would they throw money...
Tate members accuse Serota of 'misrepresentation' over BP questions at AGM

Tate members accuse Serota of ‘misrepresentation’ over BP questions at AGM

In December last year, a number of Tate Members wrote a letter to the Tate Members Council to raise concerns about the controversial sponsorship deal with BP, and some of those signatories went to the Tate Members AGM to discuss the issues face to face. The AGM was again dominated by the issue, with critical...
Growing unease in Norway over Statoil and cultural sponsorship

Growing unease in Norway over Statoil and cultural sponsorship

A few months ago we published a blog post from someone who felt that they could no longer engage with the Bergen International Festival because of Statoil sponsorship. It’s now turned into a more sustained debate in Norway about the role that the oil company plays in the cultural sector. Here’s some more info from...
Gulf Coast organisations respond to Liberate Tate's 'BP Trial' performance

Gulf Coast organisations respond to Liberate Tate’s ‘BP Trial’ performance

Last week saw art-interventionists Liberate Tate carry out a week long performance in Tate Modern, with three different performers whispering excerpts from the BP trial transcripts for an hour every day. Using specially constructed frames to hold a mobile phone, the performers filmed themselves and live-streamed their delivery so that people from all over the...

Can Liberate Tate free the arts from BP?

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