Corporate sponsors

Comment
coronavirus

Business can and should help the arts through this crisis

The pandemic has laid bare the betrayal of the cultural sector, but corporations and individuals can alleviate the hardship

Comment
Funding

Museums will need ethical funders all the more after the coronavirus crisis

As institutions reopen their doors to a world that has changed significantly, public scrutiny of private money is not going away

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Interview

The mechanics of sponsorship in 2020: an interview with Rena De Sisto, the head of Bank of America’s arts and culture programme

‘We help museums do what they do best’ says the executive who oversees the company’s support of international institutions

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Prizes

Artist Gary Hume says National Portrait Gallery should 'bite the bullet' and cut ties with oil giant BP

Fuel company's decision to withdraw from the BP Portrait Award judging panel was a missed opportunity to end sponsorship relationship, artist believes

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Funding

Fossil-fuel giant Shell ends its support of London's Southbank Centre

Decision comes amidst pressure from activist groups for UK museums to end their oil sponsorship deals

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Sponsorship

Climate activists take over British Museum in all-night protest against BP sponsorship

Organisers of the three-day action, the group BP or not BP?, called it the "largest protest in the history of the museum"

Podcast

Troy: the show and the problem with BP sponsorship

We talk about the myth and reality of Troy presented in the British Museum's show and to an activist about ongoing protests relating to fossil-fuel companies' sponsorship of the arts. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Sponsorship

Why is the British Museum still accepting tobacco sponsorship?

London institution has acquired 600 objects thanks to funding from Japan Tobacco International, makers of Benson & Hedges, Winston, Camel and Silk Cut

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Protest

Demonstrators take over British Museum in biggest-ever protest against oil sponsorships

Event, organised by grassroots climate justice group BP or not BP?, highlighted relationship between oil companies and war in Iraq

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Openings

Deutsche Bank to open Berlin art centre Palais Populaire in September

First exhibition will show around 300 works on paper from the bank’s vast corporate collection

Feature
Art Basel 2018

Are art awards really worth winning?

Winning a prize can give an artist international exposure, but the question of who really benefits—critically and commercially—is an increasingly vexed one

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Exhibitions

Artists pull out of Great Exhibition of the North over arms dealer sponsorship

Group launches petition calling for arts festival to refuse backing from BAE Systems accused of “profiteering from the deaths of innocent children”

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Shortlist announced for BMW Art Journey prize

Winner is to be announced early next year

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February 2015

Comment: The Tate should take BP’s money—and ask for more

Protests about the gallery’s lack of transparency concerning the energy company's sponsorship miss the point of how big business and the arts interact

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Art Basel

Deutsche Bank to back Art Basel Hong Kong

But usual sponsor UBS still keen on fair

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January 2011

Is the symbiosis between corporations and the arts an outmoded tradition?

Investment in art has become less popular among US companies when more commercial options are available

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Museums

Dara Birnbaum comments on fostering the museum-sponsor relationship

Can a balance be found whereby both parties stand to gain from a partnership?

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Sweden

Swedish expert claims more women in positions of influence will lead to better arts funding

Pernilla Warberg says female bosses prefer culture to football

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January 2009

UK museums manage dearth of exhibition sponsorship in the wake of economic downturn

Institutions must grit their teeth and hope for the intervention of private investors, as several large shows are going ahead without corporate sponsors

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Art fairs

The trouble with art fairs: curators, collectors and dealers are starting to feel fatigued

As the sheer number of annual events continues to grow, fair fatigue has become a common condition

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A opens its £5.4m Islamic gallery

The new display is entirely funded by the Jameel family of Saudi Arabia

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Unilever

Unilever withdraws sponsorship fearing the brand would be presented as homophobic

Art or publicity stunt?

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Tate Modern

New installation for Tate Modern courtesy of UBS

The first rehang of the Bankside branch relies on funds provided by UBS - with conditions

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July 2005

Future of US museum sponsorship in question after split of tobacco giant Altria

The Whitney and the Brooklyn Museum could lose annual grants from the conglomerate, which gave $300m to charitable organisations over the past five years

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Salvador Dalí

The $2.6 million Dalí circus comes to town: No-holds-barred promotion of exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

A credit card company has spearheaded the massive publicity campaign for the centennial retrospective

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Saudi donor gives V&A £5.4 million for new Islamic gallery

Jameel Gallery to be funded by car dealership Hartwell PLC

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Lauder Initiative

Restoration of Italian works sponsored by makeup giant

Estée Lauder makeover for Santa Cecilia

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Restoration

Less is more with Lauder restoration

Several works subject to restoration paid for by Estée Lauder

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Sponsorship

US company mergers may result in sponsorship shrinkage

Standing out from the crowd with art sponsorship becomes unnecessary, as more and more of America's biggest corporations unify

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October 1994

Corporations favour political correctness

Arts sponsorship is increasingly associated with marketing concerns rather than disinterested corporate philanthropy

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October 1994

Has the recession spelled the end of arts sponsorships by French companies, or just wiser spending?

Admical offers a number of explanations as to why figures have declined

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Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London

ICA becomes first UK arts centre to enter into title sponsorship with Toshiba agreement

In exchange for the monetary support the car company will provide, all ICA branding will include their logo

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Fashion on Video at the V&A

Sponsored by designer Pierre Cardin

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Books

Guide to procuring arts sponsorship published

The text includes illustrative examples alongside practical advice

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Korean art at the V&A

New space sponsored by Samsung corporation

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Corporate sponsors

United Technologies’ strategic withdrawal

Corporation to drop arts sponsorship programme

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Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange

The Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange ends its six year world tour at the National Gallery, Washington

“One-to-one contact through art contains potent peaceful powers”, says artist

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Victoria & Albert Museum

New gallery of Korean Art at the V&A

A space for over 600 decorative arts objects

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Funding

Business Committee for the Arts survey suggests that US recession will not reduce art sponsorship

Corporations' trust in art as a tool for generating publicity has not wavered

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Turner Prize

Turner Prize in turmoil as last year's winner Long exhibits at the Tate

Serota seeks new sponsor for embattled competition