Partners quit Manchester Science Festival over Shell sponsorship, emails reveal

Emails released following FOI request reveal that festival partners raised concerns about Shell sponsorship with 3 pulling out to avoid association with oil company Petition with over 57,000 signatories calling for Shell to be dropped will be submitted to Manchester Science and Industry Museum today as festival programme is launched Revelations come as Van Gogh … Continue reading Partners quit Manchester Science Festival over Shell sponsorship, emails reveal

Pressure mounts on the Museum of Science and Industry to drop its Shell sponsorship deal

If you’re a science museum, taking money from the fossil fuel industry – and especially a company like Shell – should be off limits by now. From its ties to climate denial to its human rights violations in the Niger Delta, and from its ongoing trial over alleged corruption to its new deepwater drilling plans, … Continue reading Pressure mounts on the Museum of Science and Industry to drop its Shell sponsorship deal

The Design Museum has accused artists of stifling free speech. Here’s why it’s wrong.

Last week, almost 40 artists, designers and activists with objects on display in the Design Museum’s 'Hope to Nope' exhibition signed a letter calling for it to remove their work from display. The reason? The previous week, while the museum hosted a panel discussion on protest, it allowed a private event for a major arms … Continue reading The Design Museum has accused artists of stifling free speech. Here’s why it’s wrong.

5 things the Design Museum should have done before hosting the arms industry

Today, a group of artists and organisations have sent an unprecedented public letter to the Design Museum in London, calling for their work be removed from 'Hope to Nope', the museum's headline exhibition that showcases 'how design has played a pivotal role in reacting to the major political moments of our times'. The reason? Last … Continue reading 5 things the Design Museum should have done before hosting the arms industry

Scientists call out Science Museum over ties to big oil

A group that includes many leading climate scientists have today lodged a formal complaint with the Science Museum The museum is accused of ‘undermining its integrity as a scientific institution’ by partnering with BP, Shell and Statoil despite their continued contribution to climate change The complaint presents new evidence showing the museum knew about sponsors’ … Continue reading Scientists call out Science Museum over ties to big oil

UK’s close ‘strategic relationship’ with BP revealed

As part of Culture Unstained's ongoing investigative work, we recently uncovered new details of BP's close 'strategic relationship' with the UK government. The emails and other documents showed... How BP uses its sponsorship deals with cultural institutions - notably the British Museum - as platforms for influencing ministers and policy-makers. A letter from BP CEO … Continue reading UK’s close ‘strategic relationship’ with BP revealed

From France to the UK, action and investigation on oil sponsors

After BAE Systems was forced to back out as a sponsor of the Great Exhibition of the North a little over a week ago, the debate around ethical sponsorship of arts and cultural organisations has continued to grow in momentum... Action at the Louvre Last Monday, the french art activist collective,  Libérons le Louvre occupied … Continue reading From France to the UK, action and investigation on oil sponsors