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Arts coalition condemns BP sponsorship of the Tate

Earlier related post on this site

From PLATFORM's Unravelling the Carbon Web:

Unprecedented coalition from the arts condemns BP-sponsorship of the Tate
171 figures from the arts sign letter on the day Tate celebrates 20 years of BP funding

[Editor's note: Peter Fend of Ocean Earth Construction and Development Corporation, and a longtime contributor, is signatory 19.]

Sunday, June 27, 2010. A letter today was published in the Guardian today signed by 171 figures from the art world condemning BP’s sponsorship of cultural institutions in the UK. The letter has been published on the day that Tate Britain is hosting a party to celebrate 20 years of BP’s sponsorship. [1] A group of artists under the banner of ‘The Good Crude Britannia’ are planning on protesting outside the event, and will be handing out the “Licence to Spill’ briefing to people attending the party.[2]

Arts/activist organisation Platform [3] has gathered 171 signatories from the international arts community, for a letter that says:

“As crude oil continues to devastate coastlines and communities in the Gulf of Mexico, BP executives will be enjoying a cocktail reception with curators and artists in the Tate Britain. These relationships enable big oil companies to mask the environmentally destructive nature of their activities with the social legitimacy that is associated with such high profile cultural associations.”[4]

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