This morning at 10.30am, 40 activists processed out of the British Museum after successfully occupying its iconic Great Court for 20 hours and creating a “durational artwork” overnight, in a challenge to the museum’s BP sponsorship deal. After smuggling sleeping bags, plaster bandages and a pop-up toilet into the museum, the group set about creating … More We just occupied the British Museum for 3 days, against BP sponsorship and colonialism
A huge Trojan Horse, emblazoned with the logo of British Museum sponsor BP, was snuck into the museum’s courtyard at 7:30 this morning. The wooden horse, which is 4 metres tall and can seat 10 people inside, was crowdfunded and built by ‘actorvist’ theatre group BP or not BP?, and pulled in by a group … More BREAKING: We’ve snuck a huge Trojan Horse into the British Museum!
Over 1200 of you have now signed up for what is set to be our biggest ever protest against BP sponsorship, a mass creative action at the British Museum on 8th February. After 7 years and 39 actions at the museum, we can’t wait any longer: Indonesia is flooded, Australia is on fire and yet … More Join us for ‘BP Must Fall’
Just four days after we gatecrashed the VIP launch of the British Museum’s BP-sponsored exhibition, ‘Troy: Myth and Reality’, we’ve just invaded the stage at the curators’ opening lecture. This took place in the museum’s main venue for talks and presentations: the BP Lecture Theatre. At 13.25 today, just before the curators’ talk was due … More We invade the stage at BP Troy lecture, in our second performance action this week!
Last night, the private VIP launch of the BP-sponsored ‘Troy: Myth and reality’ exhibition faced serious disruption after we occupied the 5 main entrances to the exhibition gallery inside the British Museum. Our actor-vists refused to leave the museum when it closed to the public and instead, began converting themselves into Troy-themed “living statues”, occupying … More We blockade BP’s VIP Troy event with living statues!
National Galleries Scotland announces end of BP relationship, to ‘address the climate emergency’ After 2019, the BP Portrait Award will no longer tour to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery ‘in its present form’ Decision follows protests by Edinburgh-based ‘BP or not BP? Scotland’ group in previous years Today’s news follows end of oil company partnerships … More Another major victory: National Galleries Scotland rejects BP!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In light of the snap election, we’ve rescheduled our mass performance action against the BP-sponsored Troy exhibition to SATURDAY FEBRUARY 8TH 2020, to make sure it has the biggest possible impact. We’re still VERY excited about our plan for a mass creative takeover of the British Museum, to take action against BP, colonialism … More Mass action against BP rescheduled for February 8th!
O, rejoice Beyond a common joy, and set it down With gold on lasting pillars: the RSC hath dropped BP! We are hurling our feathered caps into the air with wild abandon at the news: the Royal Shakespeare Company have announced they’re ending their sponsorship deal with BP! Crucially, the RSC isn’t waiting for the … More HUGE victory: the RSC has dropped BP!
Today, school strikers from twelve cities, towns and regions will send a letter to the Royal Shakespeare Company calling on it to immediately drop BP. The oil giant currently sponsors the theatre company’s £5 ticket scheme for 16-25-year-olds, but following the record-breaking protests last Friday, the school strike movement is turning its attention to … More School strikers threaten to boycott RSC over BP sponsorship
At 6.30pm last night, 30 artists, performers and activists arrived at the National Portrait Gallery to disrupt the announcement ceremony of the BP Portrait Award. While some of the group linked arms in doorways and chained themselves to gates to prevent party guests from entering the building, others handed out a fake BP Portrait … More Guests at BP Portrait Award forced to climb over wall to enter, thanks to artistic blockade