BP or not BP activists protested at the first day of the annual Portrait Awards in Edinburgh today, demanding an end to BP’s sponsorship of the exhibition and the arts. The group from BP or not BP Scotland, occupied the main chamber of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery singing ‘climate carols’ highlighting BP’s role in … More BP or not BP Scotland challenge the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Saturday December 8th saw extraordinary scenes in the British Museum, as around 200 people gathered for an unofficial “Stolen Goods” tour, held without permission within the museum from 2pm to 4.30pm. Participants packed out museum galleries to hear a series of speakers challenge the museum to return stolen culture from Indigenous Australia, Iraq, the Pacific … More Hundreds join unofficial tour to challenge British Museum stolen items and BP sponsorship
December 8th 2018, 2pm, British Museum A completely unofficial tour of the British Museum with Indigenous Australian campaigner Rodney Kelly and other speakers (tbc). Next Saturday, December 8th, at 2pm, join Rodney Kelly and other speakers for an unofficial tour of the British Museum’s stolen goods and its controversial oil sponsor. The museum is coming … More Join the unofficial British Museum “Stolen Goods” tour on December 8th!
BP or not BP? stands in solidarity with the #Stansted15 Fifteen people are on week 8 of a trial in Chelmsford for using non-violent direct action to stop a charter deportation flight. They are a group of activists from End Deportations, Plane Stupid and Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants who prevented a secretive flight … More We support the #Stansted15
Yesterday morning, a group of performers set up a fake BP “welcoming committee” and Iraqi civilian protest in front of the I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria exhibition at the British Museum. The performance was timed to coincide with a private exhibition viewing by journalists and VIPs, and the performers stayed … More Fake BP staff and Iraqi protesters greet press at BP-sponsored exhibition
• Ian Hislop’s I Object exhibition of “objects of dissent” at British Museum has been gatecrashed by a performance protest • Performers have set up their own protest exhibition inside the protest exhibition, to challenge the British Museum’s sponsorship deal with BP • Performers are acting as “rebel curators”, presenting objects to the public that … More Ian Hislop’s protest exhibition invaded by protest against BP sponsorship
When we first lent our BP ruff to the Design Museum for its ‘Hope to Nope’ exhibition, we had no idea of the extraordinary events that were to follow. We got an inkling of what might happen at the exhibition launch back in April, when we challenged the museum’s Chair of Trustees, Peter Mandelson, about … More We reclaim our art from the arms dealers
Two weeks ago, the Design Museum rented out its building to arms dealers while an exhibition of political art – including our BP ruff – was on display. Under pressure from artists to admit its mistake, the museum has instead posted a defensive and inaccurate statement on its website attacking its own exhibitors and refusing to … More Design Museum attacks its own exhibitors, defends working with arms dealers
This morning, we’re part of a large group of artists, designers and activists who have written to the Design Museum asking that our work be removed from the current Hope to Nope exhibition of political art. The letter and signatories can be found here and are also copied below. The Hope to Nope exhibition, which runs … More Artists say ‘Nope’ to arms
This morning, we were shocked to learn that the British Museum’s upcoming exhibition featuring objects from modern-day Iraq will be sponsored by BP. In response, we have just sent out the following media statement: Campaigners condemn BP sponsorship of Iraq exhibition at British Museum Theatrical action group BP or not BP? have released the following … More BP sponsors an exhibition of objects from Iraq. We respond.