Oil companies’ secret push to co-opt COP26 revealed

Emails reveal attempts by BP, Shell and Equinor to sponsor COP26 climate summit and influence its agenda behind the scenesAlok Sharma urged to rule out fossil fuel industry from selection process for COP26 sponsorship dealsCampaigners vow to oust big polluters from climate negotiations For more information, email info@cultureunstained.org Read 'The Cop Files' - our in-depth … Continue reading Oil companies’ secret push to co-opt COP26 revealed

5 reasons BP’s ‘Net Zero’ announcement shouldn’t win you over just yet

Yesterday, BP announced that it has made major losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic and that, for the first time in a decade, it will be cutting its dividend. At the same time, the fossil fuel giant announced a series of "aims" for the next 10 years which were framed as steps towards achieving its ambition … Continue reading 5 reasons BP’s ‘Net Zero’ announcement shouldn’t win you over just yet

BP dropped as judge of Portrait Award after 23 years

For the first time in 23 years, BP has not had a representative on the judging panel of the National Portrait Gallery’s annual BP Portrait Award. The prize’s sponsorship by the oil giant attracted significant controversy last year when artist and judge of the 2019 award, Gary Hume, powerfully spoke out against the partnership in … Continue reading BP dropped as judge of Portrait Award after 23 years

Shell’s long-running relationships with Southbank Centre and BFI to end this year

In a major win for the campaign against oil sponsorship, the long-running relationships between oil and gas giant Shell and its neighbours the Southbank Centre and the British Film Institute (BFI) are to come to an end this year. Both institutions have confirmed to the Guardian that their existing corporate memberships with the company will … Continue reading Shell’s long-running relationships with Southbank Centre and BFI to end this year

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