Photo by Kristian Buus
Ending oil industry sponsorship of the arts
The Museums Association has been consulting to revise its Code of Ethics, and the new draft code is currently open for consultation until 7 August. The Art Not Oil coalition has been engaging with some museums on the specific issue of whether they should be taking money from oil companies. This briefing provides an overview of aspects of the draft Code that are relevant to this question, and suggests some ways in which the Code could be strengthened. It is intended to help anyone who would like to see museums take a stronger ethical line on sponsorship and climate change engage with the consultation process.
Whose terrible idea was it to allow BP to sponsor an exhibition of stolen Indigenous artefacts?! Art Not Oil members "BP or not BP?" had so much to say about this that they occupied the British Museum for an entire afternoon - with a pop-up oil rig and a whole cast of characters.
A BP-sponsored performance at the Royal Opera House was hit by two simultaneous protests this Wednesday: a singing action inside the Opera House itself, and a banner invasion of the live broadcast in Trafalgar Square.