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Loud, clear and huge in Amsterdam

Around 14:00 (9.6.18), one of the 35 Fossil Free Culture Netherlands performers positioned herself on the monumental staircase of the Van Gogh Museum's main building in Amsterdam, ready to declaim the collective’s newly penned manifesto. As her words rang out, others unfurled long paper banners from the balustrades one by one. Only after the declamation was complete, was the full text legible: END THE FOSSIL FUEL AGE NOW. The typographic work of artists such as Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer inspired the presentation of the manifesto.

Shell’s dirty hands made visible on the Van Gogh Museum

From Fossil Free Culture NL

Today (4.5.18), 13 performers from artist collective Fossil Free Culture NL placed oil-black handprints on the glass facade of the Van Gogh Museum to remind the institution that dirty money from oil giant Shell stains our culture.

#MUSEUMHOUR TAKES ON ETHICAL SPONSORSHIP

From Culture Unstained, 3.5.18:

On Monday night, we guest hosted #MuseumHour, a weekly Twitter discussion for the museums sector ‘to ask the unsayable and think the unthinkable’.

Solidarity with ex-Carillion workers at the British Museum!

Five years ago, the British Museum outsourced a number of its facilities jobs to Carillion. That company has now collapsed, but the museum is refusing to give those workers any reassurance that their jobs will be secure. In fact, they're refusing to even meet with the workers or their PCS union reps.

Activists protest French oil giant's sponsorship of the Louvre

On Monday, March 12, more than a dozen demonstrators entered the Louvre museum in Paris and laid down in front of Theodore Géricault’s iconic oil painting The Raft of Medusa, 1818–19, in protest of the French oil and gas company Total and its sponsorship of the institution.

New Scientist Live sponsored by oil and arms

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Read our joint statement with others opposed to the New Scientist's decision to accept sponsorship from Shell and BAE Systems.

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.

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