How John Browne, BP and the Old Boys Network keep the arts well-oiled

How John Browne, BP and the Old Boys Network keep the arts well-oiled

It’s 10.30am on a spectacularly sunny winter’s day and I’m in the Members’ Room at Tate Modern.  The room overlooks the Square Mile – London’s financial district – and the view symbolises the growing pressures on artists and arts organisations to seek funding from the private sector, specifically from business. Looking once again at the panel...

The Corporate Occupation of the Arts – Sat 14th of Jan

The Corporate Occupation of the Arts. -OccupyLSX / The Bank of Ideas Earl St. EC2A 2AL – Sat 14th Jan 2012.  2- 6pm We're taking part in this afternoon of presentations and discussions at the Bank of Ideas, an abandoned office block purchased several years ago by the bank UBS and squatted by Occupy LSX....
Tate has lost integrity over BP

Tate has lost integrity over BP

It’s like family members bringing big news to the winter break dinner table and not knowing who’s in on the secret already. Yesterday morning BP announced it was ‘pledging’ (like a self-sacrificial marathon sponsor) £10m over five years to four of London’s biggest cultural institutions. Platform and Liberate Tate handed over 8000 signatures direct to...
For immediate release: Artists and environmentalists reaction to BP arts sponsorship announcement

For immediate release: Artists and environmentalists reaction to BP arts sponsorship announcement

Artists and environmentalists have reacted angrily to an announcement this morning that BP will be pledging £10m over the next five years to sponsor the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House and Tate Britain.
Tate Director Nicholas Serota says decision on BP-Tate sponsorship to be made soon

Tate Director Nicholas Serota says decision on BP-Tate sponsorship to be made soon

Pressure mounts on Trustees to reject extension of relationship with BP as more than  8,000 Tate Members and visitors sign open letter calling on the art museum to break links with oil company 5 December 2011 – For Immediate Release The decision about whether or not to renew an increasingly controversial sponsorship contract with oil...
Read online now - Not If But When: Culture Beyond Oil

Read online now – Not If But When: Culture Beyond Oil

Now available to read online – click on the Issuu link above, or you can download the publication as a pdf here. For hard copies by post visit this page for a range of payment options or you can purchase it from the Live Art Development Agency online shop here. December 2011: Art collective Liberate...
Culture Beyond Oil Publication Launch - Tuesday 29th Nov @FreeWordCentre

Culture Beyond Oil Publication Launch – Tuesday 29th Nov @FreeWordCentre

New Arts Publication – ‘Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil’                   TUESDAY 29th November – Free Word Centre 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA IMPORTANT – Previously this event had been advertised on Monday 28th November. Due to circumstances outside of our control, this date has been changed to Tuesday 29th...
'Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil' - order your copy now

‘Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil’ – order your copy now

‘Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil’ is a publication that sets out to discuss oil sponsorship of the arts. The single issue, limited edition publication features artworks in dialogue with the BP Gulf of Mexico catastrophe and articles that set out the compelling arguments for an end to BP and Shell’s murky involvement with...
Chatting art and politics with Margaret Harrison

Chatting art and politics with Margaret Harrison

A total honour, Margaret Harrison visited us at Platform today, and gave us a copy of her brilliant Words and Texts 1969*2010. Harrison founded the London Feminist Liberation Art Group, her work has been exhibited all around the world, and remains as fresh and as challenging as when she first burst upon the scene. The first...

Coming soon – the ‘Tate a Tate’ audio tour

Earlier this year, working alongside Liberate Tate and Art Not Oil, we made a call out to commission a sound artist to create an ‘alternate Tate audio tour’ – a work of site-specific sound art that would be themed around the issue of BP sponsorship of Tate. We were overwhelmed with almost 40 responses, and in the final shortlist, the...

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...