Dozens of protesters blocked entry to the gallery for guests of the ceremony, linking arms and chaining themselves to the gallery gates. Guests were forced to climb over the wall with the assistance of security in order to enter the gallery.
Culture Unstained is calling on the museum to cut ties with BP because of its connections to foreign regimes that violate human rights.
In a performance at the British Museum, the theatrical protest group BP or not BP? marked the final weekend of a BP-sponsored exhibition and responded to the election of Donald Trump.
In May, the Art Not Oil coalition penned a 40-page report that suggests how BP takes advantage of its relationship with its sponsored cultural institutions, requesting that the Museums Association examine whether these deals are at all unethical.
We received the following statement from the Art Not Oil coalition regarding the new BP sponsorships of major cultural institutions in the UK.
Over 200 arts professionals and scientists have signed an open letter in The Times calling for an end to BP’s new, five-year sponsorship deals with four major cultural institutions in the UK.
Art activist group BP or not BP? yesterday staged a double intervention at the British Museum to protest BP’s sponsorship of Sunken cities, a new exhibition showcasing artifacts from two ancient, submerged Egyptian ports.
After sharing a handful of emails detailing suspicious correspondence between British museums and their sponsor BP, the Art Not Oil Coalition has released the full set of documents it obtained, accompanied by a 40-page report describing the potentially unethical partnerships.
A number of major museums in the UK, including the British Museum and National Portrait Gallery, may undergo investigation over claims that oil giant BP had sway over their operations.