BP sponsorship criticised by artists in British Museum’s new Troy exhibition

A Syrian refugee and a theatre director whose work features in the British Museum’s upcoming BP sponsored Troy exhibition have written to the museum calling on it to sever its ties with oil giant BP. The letter speaks of the ‘devastating blow’ of discovering their work would be part of an exhibition branded by the … Continue reading BP sponsorship criticised by artists in British Museum’s new Troy exhibition

National Galleries of Scotland to stop hosting BP Portrait Award over climate concerns

This morning, the National Galleries of Scotland have announced that after 2019 it will no longer host the BP Portrait Award because of the prize's oil sponsorship: "At the National Galleries of Scotland we recognise that we have a responsibility to do all we can to address the climate emergency. For many people, the association … Continue reading National Galleries of Scotland to stop hosting BP Portrait Award over climate concerns

Artists take on Design Museum’s inaction after arms event

Artists who removed a third of the work from the Design Museum’s ‘Hope to Nope’ exhibition, then redisplayed it for free, release statement on 1 year anniversary The Nope to Arms Collective, which includes Shepard Fairey, Milton Glaser and Peter Kennard, criticise museum’s lack of action on a promised review of fundraising policies Glaser says … Continue reading Artists take on Design Museum’s inaction after arms event

British Museum staff support trustee who resigned over BP

Following the recent resignation of Ahdaf Soueif from the British Museum’s Board of Trustees, workers at the Museum have issued a statement of solidarity with Ms Soueif last night. Members of the PCS union Culture Group condemned the “troubling nature of the relationship between BP and the arts” and stated that: “through its sponsorship of … Continue reading British Museum staff support trustee who resigned over BP

Leading artists escalate pressure on Portrait Gallery to drop BP

78 leading artists - including Turner Prize and BP Portrait Award winners - call for end to BP sponsorship at National Portrait Gallery Letter calls on Gallery director to ‘remove the BP representative from judging panel’ Intervention follows Mark Rylance’s resignation from RSC over BP sponsorship View the letter text and list of 78 signatories … Continue reading Leading artists escalate pressure on Portrait Gallery to drop BP