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Shell's Wild Lie heads to the Climate Camp, August 3-11

All being well, the Shell's Wild Lie exhibition will be on show in tent in a very inspiring field for part of August. Then it's back tPlymouth for September...

 The Camp for Climate Action, at Kingsnorth, Kent, 3rd to 11th August
 

 

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Barbican in a bind re. Shell AGM

This is the Barbican's response to questions about Shell being aunsuitable client; (Shell's video link to its AGM in The Hague was helthere on May 20th...

'Regarding your question about holding Royal Dutch Shell's AGat the Barbican Centre and if this might be in any way contradictory ta robust, wide-ranging and committed green and/or climate changpolicy, The Barbican Centre is an arts and conference centre and apart of our conference business we hire out our venues for corporatAGMs. This part of the conference and events mix is any important parof our economy (arts box office and commercial events provide 45% oour overall income). In 2007/8 we hired our venues out for 25corporate events, ranging from major corporate AGMs to small traininevents. The Royal Dutch Shell AGM is just one of these corporatevents. I am afraid that we are currently not in a position to pick anchose our commercial clients based on their level of corporatresponsibility.'

 You can send them a friendly word of advice by writing to nkenyon@barbican.org.uk, cc. info@barbican.org.uk

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New 'Art Not Oil' cards available

 

We have a new run of postcards available, on 100% recycled card courtesy of our lovely friends at Calverts in east London. On one side you have Twinkletoes' terrific (we think) image, and on the other a short blurb about Art Not Oil (asking for contributions to our online galleries), with plenty of room for you to ink in your poetic pontifications and send them to your nears, dears or oily institutions (see below), old-school style. 

Send us an address and an amount, and we'll send 'em to you. 
If you're feeling helpful, send an SAE to us at c/o LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES.

Thanks and keep creating to resist,

Art Not Oil - 'for creativity, climate justice and an end to oil industry sponsorship of the arts'

PS. Is your pen hovering over your new postcard, unsure who to write to? 
Maybe get started by dropping a friendly line to one of the oily cultural institutions
listed below the diving albatross, to let them know how you feel about the oil industry 
sponsorship that’s making their corridors a little too slippery for comfort…

Make sure you ask for a response to your concerns, 
(and let us know - if you don’t mind - if you receive anything interesting).

OILY INSTITUTIONS WAITING EAGERLY TO HEAR YOUR OPINIONS:

National Portrait Gallery (Portrait Award sponsored by BP) Sandy Nairne, Director, NPG, St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE
snairne@npg.org.uk
Tel: 020 7312 2463
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Tate Britain 
(British Art Displays 1500-2008 sponsored by BP, 
which also supports regular kids days at the gallery)
Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate Galleries, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG; 
nicholas.serota@tate.org.uk
cc. to Dr Stephen Deuchar, Director, Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG; 
stephen.deuchar@tate.org.uk
cc. visiting.britain@tate.org.uk
Tel: 020 7887 8888;
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Science Museum
(BP & Shell both currently major sponsors, as are 
GlaxoSmithKline & HSBC [not exactly preferable to Big Oil!])
Prof. Chris Rapley, Director, SM, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD.
chris.rapley@nmsi.ac.uk, cc. enquiries@sciencemuseum.org.uk
Tel: 0870 870 4868
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Barbican 
(host of the London link-up to this year’s Shell AGM)
Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, Barbican Centre, Silk Street ,London EC2Y 8DS
nkenyon@barbican.org.uk, cc. info@barbican.org.uk 
Tel: 020 7638 4141
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Natural History Museum 
(Shell is no longer sponsor of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, 
but it still donates over £25,000pa, as does BP. 
Other supporters include British Airways & RioTinto. Current Prime
Minister-appointed NHM Trustees include Louise Charlton of Brunswick Group,
the public relations firm contracted in 2004 by Shell to carry out damage limitation 
in the wake of its reserves-reporting scandal. 
Sir William Castell, non-executive director of BP, retired as NHM Trustee early in 2008.)
Michael Dixon, Director, NHM, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
m.dixon@nhm.ac.uk and/or email via here 
Tel: 020 7942 5000
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Royal Opera House
(The upper echelon of ROH funders, known as the ‘Chairman's Circle’,
includes BP & Rio Tinto. 
BP funds the ‘Summer Screens’ programme of video link-ups  across the UK)
Tony Hall, Chief Executive, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD
tony.hall@roh.org.uk 
Tel: 020 7240 1200
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British Museum
(BP is a current Global Partner, and sponsor of major exhibitions)
Neil MacGregor, Director, BM, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
directorate@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk, information@britishmuseum.org 
Tel: 020 7323 8000/8299
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National Gallery 
(Shell is a regular sponsor of major exhibitions, and Trustee Lord Kerr 
of Kinlochard is currently Deputy Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell and 
Chairman of the Court and Council of Imperial College, which supplies 
more graduates to the oil industry than almost any other college. 
Exxon is also a recent sponsor.)
Dr. Nicholas Penny, Director, NG, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
nicholas.penny@nationalgallery.co.uk, cc. information@ng-london.org.uk
Tel: 020 7747 2885
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National Maritime Museum
(Supported by BP Shipping Ltd and Shell International Trading and Shipping.
NMM Trustee Jan Kopernicki is Vice-President of Shipping for the 
Shell International Trading and Shipping Company. )
Kevin Fewster, Director, NMM, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
kfewster@nmm.ac.uk, press@nmm.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8858 4422
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National Theatre
(As a ‘Premiere Partner’, Shell UK Ltd gets anonymity about its perks.
As a Premium Member, BP gets this: ‘Our most prestigious and flexible 
membership level, offering a generous range of entertaining opportunities. 
The key benefit is a 100-person evening sponsorship event, offering 
branding to reach both your guests and the wider NT audience. 
Other benefits include an invitation to our annual Chairman's Dinner,
a 40-person private event, two opportunities for complimentary 
NT space hire and an allocation of tickets, backstage tours and 
Platform performances.’
As a Platinum Member, American Airlines get this:
‘This highly flexible membership level focuses on private hospitality, 
offering 40 best tickets with private dining. Other benefits include an 
exclusive event for 30 guests, two special Platinum evenings with a 
chance to meet the cast, an invitation to our annual Chairman's Dinner, 
an opportunity for complimentary NT space hire and an allocation 
of tickets, backstage tours and Platform performances.’
As a Team Builder Member, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc
(known as ‘the Oil Bank of Scotland’ for its peerlessly energetic 
sourcing of funds for new oil and gas projects; 
http://www.royalbankofscotland.com) gets this: 
‘This is a flexible, innovative corporate membership package 
focusing entirely on benefits that can be offered to employees,
including a private party, an allocation of free tickets, backstage tours, 
Platform performances and a discount on our actor-led training courses.’
Gold Member Tesco plc gets this: ‘Six exclusive Gold members' evenings 
per year are the key benefit of this level. Each evening includes tickets, 
drinks and a supper reception, as well as the chance to meet the cast 
after the play. Other benefits include an allocation of free tickets, private
dining packages, backstage tours and Platform performances.’)
Nicholas Hytner, NT, South Bank, London SE1 9PX
nhytner@nationaltheatre.org.uk, cc. feedback@nationaltheatre.org.uk
Tel: 020 7452 3400
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So there you have it. More information that you probably ever needed, 
but possibly a revealing snapshot of a cultural sector that has yet to 
walk the talk when it comes to climate change and sustainability. It may
be a victim to some degree of the privatisation of public art and the 
diversion of government revenues into catastrophic wars for the 
control of dwindling energy resources, but might it be past time 
expect even a whimper of protest from these institutions? Or are
they too deeply embedded in a status quo that is unable to 
countenance the possibility of the loss of its own privilege? 

Hmm, answers on a postcard please…

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