Media Coverage – 2016

  • BBC Radio 4, Presented by Andrew Dickson – 22nd December 2016

In Business: Corporations and the Arts

Interviews with Jess Worth, Culture Unstained, and Peter Mather, Regional Vice President for BP

  • The Guardian, Andrew Dickson – 4th December 2016

What’s so bad about taking sponsorship money from Big Oil?


  • New Internationalist, Chris Garrard – 31st October 2016

Did the British Museum sell ‘Day of the Dead’ to BP?

  • The Times, Kaya Burgess – 24th October 2016

    Mark Rylance

    Mark Rylance has said that he won’t work with the RSC until it ends its relationship with BP, despite being an RSC Associate Artist

Rylance boycotts RSC in oil sponsorship row

  • Heat Street, Heat Street Staff – 24th October 2016

‘BFG’ Star Mark Rylance Boycotts RSC Over BP Sponsorship

Responding to support for BP sponsorship of the RSC

  • BBC, Luke Jones – 23rd October 2016

Mark Rylance ‘snubs’ RSC in BP sponsorship row

  • The Guardian, Chris Garrard – 17th October 2016

With Oil Sponsorship and Entry Charges, the Science Museum has lost its way

  • The Stage, Jess Worth10th October 2016 

Why Lloyd Dorfman is wrong about BP sponsorship

  • The Guardian – 10th October 2016

Letter: Science Museum should drop Statoil sponsorship of children’s gallery

  • The Guardian, Nicola Slawson – 10th October 2016 

Science Museum condemned for oil company sponsorship

  • Arts Professional, Liz Hill – 5th October 2016

British Museum breached ethics code, claim protesters

  • Huffington Post Blog, Chris Garrard3rd October 2016 

We expect dodgy deals from BP, not the British Museum

  • The Sunday Times, Richard Brooks – 2nd October 2016

Biteback, Arts Editor Column

  • The Independent, Charlotte England – 1st October 2016 

British Museum broke own rules over BP sponsorship, campaigners say

  •  DeSmog UK, Kyla Mandel – 1st October 2016 

Did the British Museum Fail to Consider the Ethics of Renewing BP Sponsorship Deal?


  • The Stage, Georgia Snow – 3rd August 2016

Mark Rylance among cultural figures to condemn arts sponsorship by ‘destructive’ BP

  • Classical Music Magazine, Chris Garrard – 8th September 2016

We can’t afford to have BP-branded classical music in the 2020s

  • The Times, Letter – 2nd August 2016

200 Sign Letter Demanding End to BP Sponsorship

  • The Times, Ben Webster – 2nd August 2016

Actors accuse BP of exploiting the arts

  • The Guardian, Nadio Khomani – 2nd August 2016

Mark Rylance heads list of artists calling for end to BP cultural sponsorship

  •  RT, Editors – 2nd August 2016

Celebrities accuse BP of exploiting the arts

  • City AM, Mark Sands – 2nd August 2016

Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance heads a list of 200 names protesting BP’s renewed sponsorship of London’s arts scene

  • Hyperallergic, Claire Voon – 2nd August 2016

Arts Professionals Condemn BP’s Renewed Cultural Sponsorships in the UK

  • Huffington Post Blog, Chris Garrard – 2nd August 2016

We can’t afford five more years of BP-sponsored culture


  • Artnet, Naomi Rea – 29th July 2016

Four Major London Institutions Renew BP Sponsorship as Activists Vow to Escalate Protests

  • Artforum, Editors – 29th July 2016

Four UK Institutions Renew BP Sponsorships as Activists Promise to Escalate Protests

  • Huffington Post Blog, Elena Polisano – 29th July 2016

British Museum’s Decision to Renew BP Sponsorship Is Backward-Looking

  • The Times, David Sanderson – 29th July 2016

BP gives £7.5m to arts despite green protests

  • Artisits and faith groups protest BP sponsorship of the Arts in the British Musuem.

    13/09/2015. British Museum, London. Art Not Oil, a coalition of various artist, acting and music organisation, staged multiple protests in the Great Hall and exhibition rooms of the British Museum, whilst protest also took place in the Tate Modern. The coalition is protesting against corporate oil sponsorship of the arts in Britain and includes Liberate Tate, BP Out of Opera, Shell Out Sounds. Photo/Anna Branthwaite

    Financial Times, James Pickford – 28th July 2016

BP renews arts sponsorship despite protests

  • The Guardian, Mark Brown – 28th July 2016

BP sparks campaigners’ fury with new arts sponsorship deals

  • Reuters, Karolin Schaps –  28th July 2016

BP sticks with major arts sponsorship despite profits slump

  • Classical Music Magazine, Katy Wright – 28th July 2016

ROH renews partnership with BP 

  • a-n, Jack Hutchinson –  28th July 2016

Calls for more protests as BP announces new arts sponsorship deals

  • City AM, Lynsey Barber – 28th July 2016

BP renews controversial sponsorship of top London museums and galleries

  • The Stage, Georgia Snow – 28th July 2016

Royal Opera House and Royal Shakespeare Company renew BP deals amid criticism

  • The Art Newspaper, Dan Duray – 28th July 2016

BP extends culture sponsorship at four UK institutions

  • Energydesk, Georgie Johnson – 28th July 2016

Oil & art: BP announces new £7.5m deal with top UK arts institutions

  • Blue & Green Tomorrow, Blue & Green Tomorrow editors – 28th July 2016

Campaigners Criticise Decision To Renew BP Sponsorship Of Iconic Cultural Institutions

  • Classical music magazine, Chris Garrard – 14th July 2016

OMG! Why is BP advertising its sponsorship at the Proms?

  • Private Eye

Article on Royal Opera House BP Sponsorship – Print only

  • Arts Professional, Chris Garrard, 7th July 2016

Exposing ethical questions


  • The Guardian, Chris Garrard – 20th May 2016

The Science Museum is free – so what is BP buying?

  • The Sunday Times, Richard Brooks – 15th May 2016

Sainsbury trio attack BP aid for British Museum

  • Artnet, Sarah Cascone – 12th May 2016

Will British Museums Reveal Extent of Secret BP Funding?

  • Attractions Management, Tom Anstey – 9th May 2016

New report questions influence of BP over major UK institutions

  • Arts Professional, Christy Romer – 6th May 2016

BP exploits cultural sponsorship for influence, report claims

  • Dazed, Anna Cafolla – 5th May 2016

Is the oil industry killing British art institutions?

  • a-n, Jack Hutchinson – 4th May 2016

Galleries to be investigated over influence of BP sponsorship

  • Hyperallergic, Claire Voon – 4th May 2016

Internal Documents Show How BP Oiled the Wheels at UK Museums

  • EnergyDesk, Georgie Johnson – 4th May 2016

How BP used public arts in the UK to further oil plans in Mexico and Australia

  • Desmog UK, Kyla Mandel – 3rd May 2016

BP Gained Privileged Access to Policymakers Through Controversial Arts Sponsorships, Documents Reveal

  • Oil Change International, Andy Rowell – 3rd May 2016

How “Bullying” BP is Corrupting Iconic Arts Institutions

  • Morning Star, Posted by Conrad Landin – 3rd May 2016

Bullying’ BP tried to gather info on unions opposing oil sponsors


  • Publication of report: ‘BP’s Cultural Sponsorship: A Corrupting Influence’

    The Guardian, Terry Macalister – 29th April 2016

Museums face ethics investigation over influence of sponsor BP

  • Hyperallergic, Claire Voon – 29th April 2016

Documents Hint at BP’s Undue Influence on UK Museums It Sponsors

  • Vice, Oscar Rickett – 10th April 2016

What’s It Going to Take for the British Art World to Stop Cosying Up to Big Oil?

  • New Internationalist, Danny Chivers – 7th April 2016

Artful dodging: Five reasons not to buy BP’s story about the end of its sponsorship deals

  • The Ecologist, Chris Garrard – 7th April 2016

Is it the end? BP’s arts sponsorship runs aground

  • The Times, Jack Malvern – 7th April 2016

Curtain falls on Edinburgh festival’s deal with oil giant 

  • Herald Scotland, Brian Donnelly – 7th April 2016

Oil giant BP’s sponsorship of Edinburgh Festival ends after 34 years

  • The National, Andrew Learmonth – 7th April 2016

Edinburgh Festival’s sponsorship deal with BP comes to an end

  • PR Daily, Kevin Allen – 7th April 2016

Activists urge British Museum to drop BP

  • RT, Editors – 6th April 2016

Burn! Oil giant BP dropped as Edinburgh Festival sponsor

  • Energy Voice, Niamh Burns – 6th April 2016

BP ends sponsorship of Edinburgh International Festival

  • Third Force News, Robert Armour – 6th April 2016

Pressure forces Edinburgh Festival to drop BP as sponsor

  • The Guardian, Mark Brown – 6th April 2016

BP ends sponsorship of Edinburgh international festival after 34 years

  • BBC Radio 4 – news bulletins

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  • BBC News Scotland, 6th April 2016

BP ends 34-year sponsorship of Edinburgh International Festival

  • Edinburgh Evening News, Brian Ferguson – 6th April 2016

Protesters celebrate as BP ends Edinburgh Festival sponsorship

  • Financial Times, Michael Skapinker – 6th April 2016

Why the British Museum should accept BP’s money

  • Financial Times letters, Chris Garrard response to above

Cultural institutions don’t need BP’s loose change

  • BBC Radio London, Vaness Felt Breakfast Show

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03nwntz

  • LBC Radio, Nick Ferrari

http://www.lbc.co.uk/nick-ferraris-fiery-clash-with-bp-protester-128100

  • The Times, Jack Malvern – 5th April 2016

Reject BP funds, British Museum urged

  • Newsweek, Elisabeth Perlman – 4th April 2016

British Museum Urged to Drop Partnership With BP

  • Museums Association Museums Journal – 4th April 2016

Should museums take sponsorship from oil companies?

Included Twitter poll on this question. 21% yes, 79% no, 437 votes

  • Dazed, Sirin Kale

    Press Coverage

    Artists, actors and campaigners call on new British Museum director to drop BP

Vivienne Westwood criticises the British Museum

  • Huffington Post, Nick Visser – 4th April 2016

British Museum Urged To Sever Ties With BP

  • Artnet, Lorena Muñoz-Alonso – 4th April 2016

Vivienne Westwood and Bianca Jagger Urge British Museum to Drop BP Sponsorship

  • Artlyst, Editors – 4th April 2016

Activists Target British Museum’s Links With Oil Giant BP

  • Blouin Artinfo, Noelle Bodick – 4th April 2016

Emma Thompson, Mark Ruffalo Among Those Urging British Museum to Ditch BP, Panama Papers Reveal Rybolovlev’s Shady Dealings, and More

  • Energy Voice, Niamh Burns – 4th April 2016

Hollywood actors, politicians and artists call for British Museum to end BP links

  • The Guardian – 3rd April 2016

Letter to Editor: British Museum must sever its links with BP

  • The Guardian, Mark Brown – 3rd April 2016

Mark Ruffalo among names calling for British Museum to drop BP sponsorship

  • The Telegraph, Sarah Knapton – 3d April 2016

Mark Rylance and Emma Thompson urge British Museum to drop BP as sponsor