Successes for the Fossil Free Culture movement

Artisits and faith groups protest BP sponsorship of the Arts in the British Musuem.
The Art Not Oil coalition of artists and activists gathers in the British Museum’s Great Court to send a message to oil sponsored institutions. Photo by Anna Branthwaite.

Most cultural institutions in the UK – and many in other countries – have now ended their sponsorship relationships with fossil fuel companies after over a decade of creative campaigning from members of the Art Not Oil coalition and arts workers.

They include:


Institutions and organisations

Significant one-off events


Partial wins include:

  • London’s Natural History Museum used to be sponsored by Shell (specifically the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award). Under pressure, it shifted to DONG Energy/Orsted which has now divested from fossil fuels to focus on renewables. However, the museum subsequently named a hall after climate-denial-funder Michael Hintze, and until recently, BP funded the museum’s BP micropalaeontology research project. The museum is yet to fully rule out future partnerships with all fossil fuel companies.

There’s also a growing international community of arts organisations and artists who have committed never to take fossil fuel sponsorship by signing up to the Oil Sponsorship Free commitment. They include the Royal Court and Arcola theatres and several live art organisations.

A full list of UK cultural institutions that are still funded by oil companies can be found here.