Media Coverage

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Explore media coverage, opinion pieces and blogs relating to our work on oil sponsorship of arts and culture. This page also includes coverage of activity by other groups where they directly reference or relate to our work.

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In the Hope of Better Possible Futures – Why I Pulled Out of the Science Museum Event

Robin’s honest and personal blog about why he made the decision.

Robin Ince’s blog; 10th March 2021

Comedian Robin Ince Quits Science Museum Climate Event Over Oil Sponsorship

We’re quoted in this article about Robin’s principled decision to pull out of a Science Museum climate talk.

DeSmog UK, Caitlin Tilley; 10th March 2021

‘Things have to change’: third speaker pulls out of Science Museum Group climate talk in protest against oil sponsorship

Comedian and broadcaster Robin Ince becomes the third speaker to walk.

The Art Newspaper, Gareth Harris; 10th March 2021

George Monbiot pulls out of climate change talk at Science Museum over fossil fuel sponsors

The museum continues to be sponsored by oil giants BP and Equinor.

i Newspaper, Madeleine Cuff; 26th February 2021

UK held private talks with fossil fuel firms about Glasgow Cop26

Our investigation reveals documents that show BP, Shell and Equinor had several meetings with government officials in an attempt to partner around the upcoming Glasgow climate summit

Guardian, Matthew Taylor and Fiona Harvey; 1st October 2020

Letter: BP is still not fully aligned with Paris climate goals

A letter in the FT from our co-director Chris Garrard in response to BP’s announcement of its ‘net zero ambition’ and many commentators not looking behind the headlines at the loopholes and shortcomings of the plan.

Financial Times, Chris Garrard; 15th September 2020

BP will not help judge portrait award for first time since 1997

We broke this development, which appears to have been decided following intense criticism of the oil company’s role in the BP Portrait Award last year

Guardian, Lanre Bakare; 3rd May 2020

Tortoise Media’s ‘Uncomfortable’ Relationship With BP

Taking a look at a problematic partnership with BP

DeSmog UK, Sophie Yeo; 6th April 2020

Partnership between Shell and Southbank Centre to end

Classical music venue’s long-running relationship with Shell to conclude

Rhinegold, Melissa Bradshaw; 13th March 2020

Statement on Shell Corporate Membership

Southbank branch of PCS comment on end of relationship with oil firm

PCS Southbank Branch; 11th March 2020

Comment: Museum top brass are losing the oil money plot

Prominent art critic dissects the lacklustre responses of museum directors

The Art Newspaper, Ben Luke; 10th March 2020

Oil firm Shell to end its relationship with BFI and Southbank Centre

All three South Bank cultural institutions will now move beyond relationships with Shell

Guardian, Matthew Taylor; 9th March 2020

Letter: Stand firm — don’t let the oil majors off the hook

Our response to energy analyst Nick Butler’s opinion piece in the FT

FT, Dr Chris Garrard; 5th March 2020

Museums’ Rejection of Fossil Fuel Sponsorship Is More Than Just Symbolic. Here’s Why It Can Have Real-World Impact

Our opinion piece for international art news site ArtNet

ArtNet, Chris Garrard; 28th February 2020

Trustee Who Funds Climate Change Deniers Leaves Natural History Board

Prominent funder of climate denial forced of museum Board in US

The New York Times, Robin Pogrebin; 27th February 2020

Is there a dark side to our London museums?

Feature on the ethics of arts sponsorship with focus on fossil fuel funders

Evening Standard Magazine, Hettie Judah; 19th February 2020

Responding to BP’s “net zero” announcement on Sky News

We scrutinise the lack of substance behind BP’s latest announcement

Sky News; 12th February 2020