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Take the Money and Run? Some positions on ethics, business sponsorship and making art

Take the Money and Run? Some positions on ethics, business sponsorship and making art

Is any money free from exerting an influence on the artist or art it enables? Is all money equally ‘good’ or ‘bad’, regardless of the source? In this Live Art Development Agency Study Room Guide, Jane Trowell from Platform has selected some key texts that are useful in helping to position yourself ethically with regard...
Tullow Oil's Sunderland AFC sponsorship ends amid controversy

Tullow Oil’s Sunderland AFC sponsorship ends amid controversy

Last year we raised some concerns about a new sponsorship deal between Tullow Oil and Sunderland football club, aka Sunderland AFC. Only it wasn’t actually Tullow that was doing the sponsoring, it was a strange body called Invest In Africa, that was all about promoting Africa (homogenous and undifferentiated continent that it is) as a...
Temporary?  An event on ethics, performance and oil sponsorship, 18 April 2013

Temporary? An event on ethics, performance and oil sponsorship, 18 April 2013

Thursday 18 April – 7.30pm The White Building, Hackney Wick Free (limited capacity and places will be available on a first come first in basis) “We look for long-term partners and one of those long-term partners is BP. We all recognise they have a difficulty at the moment but you don’t abandon your friends because...
Final call for proposals: artist-led funded projects with Platform & LADA

Final call for proposals: artist-led funded projects with Platform & LADA

This Monday is the deadline for DIY 10 proposals. Get yours in now! DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists. Platform’s call is for “Live Art, performance as protest and the online element.” Platform invites proposals that look at performance...
Asking all the right questions? Tate à Tate Audio Tour

Asking all the right questions? Tate à Tate Audio Tour

Last Tuesday, a group of 14 students from Middlesex University’s BA Fine Art course visited Tate Modern to do the Tate à Tate alternative audio tour. The group are studying on the module ‘Art and the Community’ with Loraine Leeson and Alberto Duman, and were booked in to come to Platform’s space afterwards for a...
Volunteer quits Bergen International Festival over Statoil sponsorship

Volunteer quits Bergen International Festival over Statoil sponsorship

Controversies around oil sponsorship of the arts aren’t confined to the UK. This is a translation of an article by Ragnhild Freng Dale printed in Bergens Tidende on March 1st, which you can find online here in its original Norwegian. The Bergen International Festival, an annual festival of arts and contemporary music in Bergen, released their...
Shell's involvement in the arts targeted twice in one week

Shell’s involvement in the arts targeted twice in one week

It was an embarrassing week for all of those involved in Shell’s sponsorship of London’s cultural institutions. On the evening of Friday 1st March 2013, a group of singers and musicians called Shell Out Sounds made an unexpected musical intervention at the Southbank Centre, during the interval of a Shell-sponsored performance by members of the Berliner...
The Work of Art in Critical Times - Open Day Symposium at Falmouth University, 8-9 March 2013

The Work of Art in Critical Times – Open Day Symposium at Falmouth University, 8-9 March 2013

Platform will be participating in a symposium at Falmouth University on The Work of Art in Critical Times. Held at the Falmouth campus on 8-9th March, the symposium will explore questions such as ‘how can the work of artists and curators be effective in critical times?’, ‘what are the various cultural, political and environmental values...
Art interventions - our presentation to Shake!

Art interventions – our presentation to Shake!

Last week Shake! shook it all up at the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford – 25 young people tackling Arts, Media, Race and Power. Kevin and I were lucky enough to be invited to present to this inspiring and hyper-creative group of people on art interventions and oil sponsorship of the arts. We hope to...
MAKE8ELIEVE - online art magazine issue dedicated to oil

MAKE8ELIEVE – online art magazine issue dedicated to oil

As an organisation that combines arts, activism and research with a pretty hefty focus on the damage caused by UK oil companies, we were super-excited to have a flick through the third issue of an online arts magazine MAKE8ELIEVE, that aims to “build international connections by publishing creative interpretations of one topic per issue.” It’s...
Sticky future of Arctic oil - talk at Visionary Arctic seminar

Sticky future of Arctic oil – talk at Visionary Arctic seminar

Nearly one and a half years ago, we went on an incredible journey to Kirkenes in the North of Norway, on the invitation of Pikene på Broen (Women on the Bridge), organisers of the annual regional Barents Spektakel arts festival. For the 2013 festival Pikene invited us to speak at their Visionary Arctic seminar, amongst a...
Celebrating women's leadership in anti-oil activism as part of #SilverAction

Celebrating women’s leadership in anti-oil activism as part of #SilverAction

If you go down to Tate’s oil tanks this Sunday, you’re sure for a pretty amazing piece of participatory performance art. Hundreds of women over the age of sixty will convene in The Tanks at Tate Modern as participants in Suzanne Lacy’s new performance artwork Silver Action. Women from across the UK who took part in significant activist...