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.
Institutions and organisations
- New Scientist Live (2022)
- Scottish Ballet, Glasgow (2022)
- National Portrait Gallery, London (2022)
- Southbank Centre, London (2020)
- British Film Institute, London (2020)
- National Theatre, London (2019)
- Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon (2019)
- National Galleries Scotland (2019)
- Edinburgh Science Festival (2019)
- National Gallery, London (2018)
- Edinburgh International Festival (2016)
- Tate Galleries, UK (2016)
Significant one-off events
- COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow (2021)
- ‘Creating a sustainable future’ conference hosted by New Scientist (2021)
- Channel 4’s broadcast coverage of the Paralympic Games (2021)
- NEMO Science Museum, Amsterdam
- Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
- Canadian Museum of History
- American Museum of Natural History (with David Koch and Rebekah Mercer also forced to resign from its board)
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
- Field Museum, Chicago
- Mauritshuis and Museon in The Hague
- Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
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 rule out future partnerships with fossil fuel companies.
- The ‘Fringe World’ in Perth, Australia initially appeared to have ended its partnership with fossil fuel giant Woodside in June 2021. However, it appears that while Woodside is no longer a ‘title sponsor’ with its name appearing prominently in festival venues, it may be continuing as a corporate supporter of the event.
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.