200 musicians urge Sadiq Khan to drop permission for BP’s opera branding

Sadiq Khan called on to end permission for oil branding of Royal Opera House’s ‘BP Big Screen’ broadcasts 200 signatories to letter include leading figures from classical, folk and popular music News comes day after BP Portrait Award judge and respected artists denounce BP sponsorship of the prize Extinction Rebellion group plans to mount protest … Continue reading 200 musicians urge Sadiq Khan to drop permission for BP’s opera branding

BP Portrait Award judge and winners call for end to sponsorship deal

Judge of BP Portrait Award writes to gallery Director on eve of ceremony Portrait artists, including two former winners, echo call for Gallery to act on climate emergency Controversy comes just months after Gallery rejected Sackler grant Royal Opera House also facing mass protest over its BP deal On the eve of its announcement of … Continue reading BP Portrait Award judge and winners call for end to sponsorship deal

The Portrait Gallery sacked the Sacklers. But why does it still back BP?

Yesterday morning it was announced that, after facing growing controversy, the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) had rejected a £1 million grant from the Sackler Trust. Concerns had been raised over how the Sackler family’s profits had been generated; largely through its ownership of Purdue Pharma, a company that fuelled and then profited from the opioid … Continue reading The Portrait Gallery sacked the Sacklers. But why does it still back BP?

How the British Museum and Foreign Office boost BP’s spin on Iraq

Last Saturday, the British Museum encountered what was perhaps the biggest protest in its 260-year history. The activist theatre group BP or not BP? - accompanied by Iraqi activists and over 300 supporters - creatively took over the museum’s Great Court in opposition to BP sponsorship of the museum’s exhibition, I am Ashurbanipal: King of … Continue reading How the British Museum and Foreign Office boost BP’s spin on Iraq

Shell ends National Gallery partnership in bid to boost influence in science education

National Gallery confirms that controversial partnership with oil giant Shell is over Gallery joins list of major Dutch Museums whose Shell sponsorship deals have recently ended Pressure mounts on Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum where a new Shell-sponsored exhibition is due to open this week News comes as IPCC launches “game changing” report emphasising urgency … Continue reading Shell ends National Gallery partnership in bid to boost influence in science education

Natural History Museum event hire controversy raises ethical questions

Yesterday, activist, writer and Guardian columnist Owen Jones revealed on Twitter that the Natural History Museum in London would be hosting a private reception event for the Saudi Embassy later that evening. Given the widespread concerns around Saudi Arabia's human rights record - particularly following this disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi - he called on … Continue reading Natural History Museum event hire controversy raises ethical questions