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

6 reasons it took artists just one week to end a BAE Systems sponsorship deal.

Just over a week ago, controversy erupted when high-profile artists and performers began pulling out of the 'Great Exhibition of the North 2018' after they discovered that the event was being sponsored by the controversial arms manufacturer, BAE Systems. Now, as the negative publicity showed no signs of going away, BAE Systems have announced they … Continue reading 6 reasons it took artists just one week to end a BAE Systems sponsorship deal.

Emails reveal university ready to help BP clamp down on critics at City of Culture

As the University of Hull prepares to host the last in a series of BP-sponsored lectures tonight as part of Hull City of Culture, Culture Unstained has made public a series of damning emails which reveal that as pressure has mounted on BP’s sponsorship of the festival, the university - and members of the City … Continue reading Emails reveal university ready to help BP clamp down on critics at City of Culture

‘Nothing is neutral’ – Reflecting on the Museums Association’s Conference 2017

Chris Garrard, Co-director of Culture Unstained, headed to Manchester last week for this year's Museums Association Conference. Here are his thoughts on just some of the debates and discussions that took place... Climate change. The refugee crisis. Social inequality. Brexit. And of course, Trump. In her opening remarks, Director of the Museums Association (MA) Sharon … Continue reading ‘Nothing is neutral’ – Reflecting on the Museums Association’s Conference 2017

Ethical fundraising is possible, despite what the RSC may claim

Today we are launching a new web resource on Ethical Sponsorship. Here's why. When unveiling the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Summer 2018 season recently, its Artistic Director Greg Doran seized the opportunity to defend the theatre company’s sponsorship deal with BP. According to iNews, Doran said that he 'would not bow to Art Not Oil activists … Continue reading Ethical fundraising is possible, despite what the RSC may claim