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By: Art Not Oil
Date: Wed, 16/11/2011 - 12:00am


Here's a message from Greenpeace, getting behind Liberate Tate's initiative to send a large pile of emails to Tate boss Nicholas Serota...


Hello friends,


You've been instrumental in helping us block the efforts of oil companies to drill in increasingly remote and dangerous places like the Arctic. Now there's something you can do much closer to home - challenging big oil's sponsorship of the arts.


BP is one oil giant whose logo is splashed all over galleries and exhibition halls like the Tate. By using its profits to sponsor the arts, BP hopes to cover up the horrendous damage it's doing to the climate and the environment.

But if you're a Tate member or visitor, you can use your influence to end BP's sponsorship of the Tate galleries.


Tell Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate, that he needs to stop helping BP clean up its image.


This letter is organised by Liberate Tate, who have been working to end funding of the arts by big oil companies. By sponsoring prestigious art venues and exhibitions like the Tate, BP and other oil giants hope to gloss over their environmentally-destructive activities, scrubbing clean BP's public image. 

The Liberate Tate team have used creative direct action to lift the fig leaf of art sponsorship which BP uses to greenwash its destructive activities elsewhere. Lest we forget the world's largest oil painting that was the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico last year.


Now you can use your power as a Tate member or visitor to bring BP's sponsorship of the arts to an end.


Sign the letter to the Tate's director - it's time the Tate stopped covering up BP's destructive habits.


Thanks again for your support,


Jamie Woolley


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By: Art Not Oil
Date: Tue, 08/11/2011 - 12:00am

Liberate Tate, Art Not Oil and Platform warmly invite you to a get-together to end oil sponsorship of the arts. Featuring a performance from singer-comedian Mae Martin, contributing artist to the upcomingTate à Tate audio tour, the evening will be the first opportunity to purchase the freshly stamped limited edition copies of 'Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil'.

Event details:

Tuesday 29th November

Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA

10.30am – 6.30pm: Oil daub performance by Ruppe Koselleck

6.30pm – 9.00pm: 'Culture Beyond Oil' launch event (refreshments provided)

Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil is a publication that sets out to discuss oil sponsorship of the arts. The single issue, limited edition publication features artworks in dialogue with the BP Gulf of Mexico catastrophe and articles that set out the compelling arguments for an end to BP and Shell’s murky involvement with many of the nation’s favourite cultural institutions.

This is an open event - feel free to invite your friends and colleagues.

The launch event will bring together many of the growing number of artists, activists, cultural workers and gallery-goers who have built the ideas, drive and passion that are embedded in the publication itself. The launch will be an opportunity to celebrate our collective visions and strategies for ending oil sponsorship of the arts.

During the day on Tuesday 29th November, each copy of this full colour 1000 limited edition will be numbered and daubed with oil from Gulf of Mexico beaches by featured artist Ruppe Koselleck, as part of his ongoing Takeover BP project, in which Koselleck sells artworks to buy shares with the aim of ultimately taking over BP.

People are warmly invited to come and witness the process during the day, have a chat with people present from Liberate Tate, Platform and Art Not Oil, or browse some of the literature relating to BP and Shell’s global activities.

The Free Word Centre is next to the Betsy Trotwood pub. The nearest tube station is Farringdon (Circle, District and Metropolitan Lines) a 5 minute walk away. Buses that stop near Free Word are 63 on Farringdon Road, 19 and 38 on Rosebery Avenue and 55 and 243 on Clerkenwell Road. See map.

Liberate Tate is an art collective exploring the role of creative intervention in social change dedicated to taking creative disobedience against Tate until it drops its oil company funding. Contact: liberatetate@gmail.com@LiberateTate.

Platform is an arts and research organisation bringing together environmentalists, artists, human rights campaigners, educationalists and community activists to create innovative projects driven by the need for social and environmental justice. Contact: info@platformlondon.org@PlatformLondon.

Art Not Oil encourages artists - and would-be artists - to create work that explores the damage that companies like BP and Shell are doing to the planet, and the role art can play in counteracting that damage. Contact: info@artnotoil.org.uk

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By: Art Not Oil
Date: Thu, 13/10/2011 - 1:00am
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