Media

Click on the links below to explore media coverage, opinion pieces and blogs relating to our work on oil sponsorship of arts and culture.

It also includes coverage of actions by other groups where they directly reference or relate to our work.

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Winner of BP Young Artist Award Donates Share of Prize to Anti-BP Protests!

  • The Guardian, Hannah Ellis-Petersen – 8th September 2017

Artist Donates Part of BP Prize Money to Greenpeace in Oil Sponsorship Protest

  • The Guardian, Jonathan Jones – 8th September 2017

Is It Time For Arts to Start Saying No To Oil Money?

  • Hyperallergic, Claire Voon – 8th September 2017

Winner of a BP Portrait Award Donates Share of Prize Money to Anti-BP Protests

  • The Guardian, Dr Chris Garrad – 11th September 2017

Arts and Oils Firms Should Not Mix

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RSC Launches New Season & Artistic Director Questioned on Sponsorship.

  • The Guardian, Mark Brown – 12th September 2017

RSC Chooses Female Directors for All Plays in Summer 2018 Season

  • The Independent, Adam Sherwin – 12th September, 2017

Romeo and Juliet is ‘anti-Brexit love story’ in new RSC production

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RSC Sponsorship Policy Made Public For The First Time.

  • Culture Unstained, Jess Worth- 31st August 2017

Revealed: The RSC’S New Sponsorship Rules

  • The Stage, Georgia Snow- 1st September 2017

RSC Publishes Sponsorship Policy In Response To BP Funding Controversy

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Formal complaint made to the National Portrait Gallery over BP sponsorship

  • Desmog UK, Mat Hope – 19th June 2017

BP’s ‘Close Association’ with Countries Accused of Human Rights Abuses Puts Gallery Sponsorship at Risk

  • Artnet news, Naomie Rea – 20th June 2017

Formal Complaint Calls for End to BP Sponsorship of National Portrait Gallery

  • Artlyst, editors – 20th June 2017

BP Portrait Award Cannot Escape Tainted Sponsorship Allegations

  • The Guardian, Maev Kennedy – 20th June 2017

Painting of nursing mother wins BP Portrait Award 2017

  • Artlyst, editors – 20th June 2017

Benjamin Sullivan Painting of His Wife Breastfeeding Wins BP Portrait Prize

  • Hyperallergic, Claire Voon – 20th June 2017

BP Sponsorship Violates UK National Portrait Gallery’s Ethics Policy, Report Claims

  • Arts Professional, Christy Romer – 22nd June 2017

National Portrait Gallery receives formal complaint about BP ties

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Fossil Free £5 Tickets scheme launches

  • The Stage, Georgia Snow – 30th May 2017

Andrew Garfield back “ethical” alternative to RSC’s £5 tickets sponsored by BP

  • Stratford Observer, Maisie Jeynes – 31st May 2017

Celebs back ethical RSC tickets in stand against BP

  • The Stage, Lyn Garder – 5th June 2017

Should the arts accept oil money?

  • Exuent Magazine, Jess Worth – 20th June 2017

The Myth of Acceptable Oil Sponsorship

Shell’s relationship with The National Gallery, London

  • DeSmog UK, Mat Hope – 23rd May 2017

Exposed: Shell’s Cosy Relationship with The National Gallery

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Andrew Dickson investigates the ethics of corporate sponsorship

  • The Guardian, Andrew Dickson – 4th December 2016

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

  • 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

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Mark Rylance speaks out on BP sponsorship of RSC

Mark Rylance

  • BBC, Luke Jones – 23rd October 2016

Mark Rylance ‘snubs’ RSC in BP sponsorship row

  • The Times, Kaya Burgess – 24th October 2016

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

  • The Stage, Jess Worth10th October 2016 

Why Lloyd Dorfman is wrong about BP sponsorship

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The Science Museum’s ‘Wonderlab’ gallery, sponsored by Statoil

  • 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

  • The Guardian, Chris Garrard – 17th October 2016

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

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Publication of report: ‘Did the British Museum break its own rules in renewing BP deal?’

  • 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 Sunday Times, Richard Brooks – 2nd October 2016

Biteback, Arts Editor Column

  • Huffington Post Blog, Chris Garrard3rd October 2016 

We expect dodgy deals from BP, not the British Museum

  • Arts Professional, Liz Hill – 5th October 2016

British Museum breached ethics code, claim protesters

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Letter published in The Times criticising new BP sponsorship deal

  • 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

  • The Stage, Georgia Snow – 3rd August 2016

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

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Announcement of a new BP sponsorship deal is met with controversy

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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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BP’s sponsorship of the Royal Opera House and classical music

  • 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

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

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

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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

  • BBC World Service, World Business Report – Interview with Chris Garrard

BP Accused of Trying to Influence Museums it Sponsors

  • 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

  • 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

  • Dazed, Anna Cafolla – 5th May 2016

Is the oil industry killing British art institutions?

  • Arts Professional, Christy Romer – 6th May 2016

BP exploits cultural sponsorship for influence, report claims

  • Attractions Management, Tom Anstey – 9th May 2016

New report questions influence of BP over major UK institutions

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

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

  • Artnet, Sarah Cascone – 12th May 2016

Will British Museums Reveal Extent of Secret BP Funding?

  • The Guardian, Chris Garrard – 20th May 2016

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

  • Arts Professional, Chris Garrard, 7th July 2016

Exposing ethical questions

  • New Internationalist, Chris Garrard – 31st October 2016

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

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Edinburgh International Festival ends its BP sponsorship

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

Press Coverage

  • 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

  • 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

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 Times, Jack Malvern – 5th April 2016

Reject BP funds, British Museum urged

  • 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

  • PR Daily, Kevin Allen – 7th April 2016

Activists urge British Museum to drop BP

  • Vice, Oscar Rickett – 10th April 2016

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

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

Sainsbury trio attack BP aid for British Museum

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