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Fake "BP" staff surprise attendees at British Museum press launch

  • Performers set up fake BP “welcoming committee” in front of Scythians exhibition for two and a half hours
  • “Invisible theatre” performance highlights irony of BP sponsoring exhibits whose future study is threatened by melting permafrost
  • Oil company accused of using British Museum to further its interests in Russia

Photo by Diana More.

Indigenous campaigners challenge UK galleries

Indigenous campaigners from Australia, North America and West Papua have teamed up with Art Not Oil members to launch powerful critiques of the BP-sponsored British Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

Photo: Rodney Kelly addresses visitors in the British Museum, by Anna Branthwaite.

Formal complaint: 'BP breaches ethics rules'

Ahead of the announcement of the BP Portrait Award on Tuesday 20th June, Culture Unstained issued a formal complaint to the National Portrait Gallery, alleging BP’s human rights record breaches the Gallery’s own ethics rules.

British Museum announces new BP exhibition

Today, the British Museum has announced its next BP-sponsored exhibition: 'Scythians - warriors of ancient Siberia'. By putting BP's logo on the exhibition, the museum is giving the company a valuable opportunity to boost it brand, both in the UK and Russia, where it holds a 19.75% stake in the state-controlled oil company, Rosneft, a company notorious for its appalling safety record and numerous oil spills.

Who really pays for BP's arts sponsorship?

NEW! Infographic exposes the truth behind BP's sponsorship and subsidies...

Science Museum scattered with 40k snowflakes

Over 40,000 snowflakes were dramatically dropped into the entrance gallery of London’s Science Museum in protest at its oil sponsor

Photo by Kristian Buus

Three oil sponsorship actions in just over 48 hours!

Accompanying photo by BP or not BP?

Last week, three Art Not Oil groups carried out three different creative interventions against oil sponsorship of arts and culture in just over 48 hours - and a fourth group held a powerful artistic event the following day.

Was 'Day of the Dead' at the British Museum a festival bought by BP?

New FOI documents strengthens case that BP leant on British Museum to hold a "Days of the Dead" festival in 2015, shoring up ties to Mexican officials ahead of key drilling license auction

Did British Museum break its own rules in renewing BP deal?

  • FOI revelations expose ‘ethical black hole’ at heart of the British Museum
  • Museum trustees were not consulted on BP renewal
  • Trustees to meet today as revelations become public

Response to Museums Association statement on BP sponsorship

Today, the Museums Association (MA) Ethics Committee published a response to Art Not Oil’s report, released last May, entitled ‘BP’s cultural sponsorship - a corrupting influence’.


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