Shell sponsorship and censorship at Southbank Centre?

On 29th June, the Arts Council England finally announced its new “Catalyst Arts” philanthropy programme, aimed at pushing arts organisations towards a US-style corporate and private philanthropy culture. It’s ironic that 3 days later, PLATFORM had a close encounter with censorship from a major arts venue, the Shell-sponsored Southbank Centre, London. As part of the...

Big Oil sponsorship map of London

Licence to Spill

To download Licence to Spill, a new release from Platform, visit http://www.carbonweb.org/showitem.asp?article=381&parent=39 Photo: Robin Bell Apart from catastrophic spills like the Deepwater Horizon, there are a whole host of adverse impacts that are associated with the production of oil. On the local level, it often involves extreme forms of pollution for local communities, while regionally oil...

Leaked invite reveals Tate’s ill-timed plans to celebrate BP sponsorship

Artists to protest Tate Britain Summer Party; Art/activist group Platform release briefing on oil sponsorship of the arts Embargo: 00.01 AM, Friday 25 June 2010 Tate is throwing a gala event in order to celebrate 20 years of BP sponsorship next week, a leaked invitation seen by campaign group Platform reveals [1]. The party comes...

BP piggybacks on London Olympics to generate social acceptance

BP brand hypocrisy continues, with Marketing Magazine reporting on the company’s plans for the London Olympics in 2012. Energy company BP has appointed agencies Landor and Ogilvy to handle its sponsorship of London 2012. Tony Hayward, executive director of BP, said that […] as BP is the UK’s biggest company with headquarters in London, the 2012 Olympics...