Campaigners slam choice of fossil fuel-linked companies as sponsors of COP26

The UK Government have announced their first sponsors for COP26 in a move described as “nowhere near good enough” by UK climate groups This includes the owner of Scotland’s biggest emitting power plant, SSE, as well as NatWest, which has financed $12.12 billion worth of fossil fuel projects and companies since 2016  A coalition of … Continue reading Campaigners slam choice of fossil fuel-linked companies as sponsors of COP26

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