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BP renews four sponsorship deals: we respond

Campaigners inside the British Museum, September 2015

Last month, BP announced it was renewing its sponsorship deals with four iconic cultural institutions. Here is our response (first published by Hyperallergic):

200 sign letter demanding end to BP sponsorship

Campaigners outside British Museum, September 2015
  • Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance, artist Conrad Atkinson, composer Matthew Herbert and author Naomi Klein among 200 signatories
  • Pushback follows announcement of renewed 5-year BP sponsorship deals with British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Opera House and the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Signatories include representatives of struggles against BP’s drilling around the world

Five protests against BP arts funding in one week!

First up, on Saturday 14th May, campaigners from Young Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland and Fossil Free QUB publicly presented a "Portrait of BP" - an image of an oil-drenched pelican - inside the Ulster Museum in Belfast, in protest at the museum's hosting of the BP Portrait Awards. Photos here.

Damning new report reveals BP’s interference in museums

Today, the Art Not Oil coalition has published an in-depth report drawing upon hundreds of emails and documents released under the Freedom of Information Act, which exposes the multiple ways in which BP has interfered in the running of the museums and galleries it sponsors.

Same-sex Romeo and Juliet stage invasion challenges BP

Three performers from theatrical campaign group BP or not BP? took to the stage – and a balcony – at Cadogan Hall this evening to challenge BP’s sponsorship, just before Russia’s Mariinsky Orchestra was due to begin a performance of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Invitees included VIPs from BP, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the Russian Embassy, who gathered for a BP-hosted reception beforehand.


BP's sponsorship of Edinburgh Festival ends after 34 years

'Disobedient exhibition' and anti-BP letter kick up a media storm for British Museum

On Sunday April 3rd, Art Not Oil coalition member group BP or not BP? occupied the Great Court of the BP-sponsored British Museum with a 'disobedient exhibition'. Called 'A History of BP in 10 Objects', the exhibition featured artifacts submitted by frontline communities around the world who are fighting back against the impacts of BP's operations.

BP to exit Tate

This part of the chain, at least, has been cut:

Congratulations and thanks to all the artists, non-artists and otherwise who helped make this happen...

100s take part in protest performance at Louvre Museum over oil sponsorship

Credit: Kristian Buus

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Hundreds take part in protest performance at Louvre Museum over oil sponsorship

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