Sponsorship

Climate scientist stands down as adviser to London's Science Museum over fossil fuel sponsorship

Chris Rapley, a professor of climate science at University College London, disagrees with the museum's "ongoing willingness to accept oil and gas company sponsorship"

What happens when Instagram sponsors a mega museum?

Instagram is sponsoring the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Met Gala for the first time this year. Could this be a marriage made in heaven?

Should the Science Museum stop taking money from oil companies?

Plus, Michael Landy's exhibition at Firstsite and artist Shahzia Sikander on a manuscript miniature

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Anti-Shell sleepover protest at London's Science Museum ends with police threatening to arrest demonstrators

Youth climate activists claim that the "museum would rather have kids arrested than drop their polluting sponsors"

After staunch criticism, Science Museum defends oil company Shell’s sponsorship of its climate exhibition

Director Ian Blatchford says that the Science Museum Group "retains editorial control" over London show

‘Things have to change’: third speaker pulls out of Science Museum Group climate talk in protest against oil sponsorship

Broadcaster Robin Ince joins George Monbiot and Mark Lynas in withdrawing from the Climate Talks event over the UK institution's funding from oil companies BP and Equinor

Louvre launches flurry of brand partnerships and ‘e-boutique’ in bid to make up Covid deficit

Deprived of visitors, the world’s most popular museum is striking deals with brands such as Uniqlo to reach international audiences online

Fill your boots: Dr. Martens gives £60,000 for new video commissions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London

Grants will be given to artists to create moving image works to premiere at the ICA's Image Behaviour 2021 forum

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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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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

Museum top brass are losing the oil money plot

Decision by London's British Museum and Science Museum to continue accepting sponsorship from fossil fuel companies risks alienating the public they serve

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

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"

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How serious are the dangers of market sponsorship of museum exhibitions?

Involvement from galleries and auction houses is on the rise as public institutions face dwindling government funds and increased scrutiny over toxic philanthropy

Climate activists urge British Museum to reject BP funding, as Arctic exhibition announced

Planned show seeks to raise awareness of climate change, but London museum dogged by controversy over partnership with oil and gas giant

Protestors disrupt VIP preview of British Museum's Troy exhibition

Members of the climate activist group BP or not BP? blocked entry to the museum's show dressed as statues based on Greek mythology

National Galleries of Scotland to no longer host BP Portrait Award

Museums officials say that the association with the oil company is at odds with a "responsibility to do all we can to address the climate emergency"

After backlash over homophobic sponsor, former BP chief steps in to fund Turner Prize

John Browne is among four new supporters of the award that launches in Margate

Museum ethics. Plus, the Chicago Architecture Biennial

We discuss the increased scrutiny museums face over their sponsorship policies and the architectural heritage of Chicago

Hosted by Ben Luke and Margaret Carrigan. , with guest speakers Jane Morris and Martin Bailey. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson
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Sackler family agrees to give up 'entire value' of Purdue Pharma in bid to settle opioid cases

But state attorneys general predict an imminent bankruptcy filing as settlement talks break down

V&A director Tristram Hunt defends sponsorship from fossil fuel companies

The former Labour MP sides with Science Museum group's director Ian Blatchford in saying companies such as BP can 'be part of the solution' to climate change

Museums cannot ignore artists’ values

Artists are increasingly concerned about the ethical principles of the museums and galleries in which they show their work

Musée du Louvre removes all mention of Sackler name from its galleries following protests

Activist group Pain says Paris museum has taped over or taken down plaques dedicated to the eponymous family whose pharmaceutical company is accused of fuelling the US opioid crisis

V&A to mount major Iran exhibition in face of US sanctions

Museum’s director Tristram Hunt says securing loans and sponsorship is “more of a challenge” as tension grows between Trump and Tehran

British Museum director endorses controversial sponsor BP as part of future vision

The oil company will support one exhibition at the museum next year, but not a show dedicated to the people of the Arctic

Artists call for National Portrait Gallery to drop BP sponsorship

Gary Hume says funding for the arts is 'outweighed by the need to act urgently on the climate crisis'

Should museums sell works of art? Plus, activism at the Whitney Biennial

After the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's sale of its Rothko, we discuss the principles that guide deaccessioning in the US and speak to activists about the Whitney vice-chairman's problematic link to a weapons manufacturer

Stagecoach sponsorship of Turner Prize ends after pressure over bus firm founder’s homophobic views

Artists and dealers had written letters in protest over the involvement of Brian Souter’s firm

‘Like being married to a serial killer’: Hito Steyerl denounces Sackler sponsorship of museums

German artist urges art world to rally against cultural funding from embattled family at opening of her show at Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Sackler sponsorship: take it or leave it? Plus, museum visitor figures

We examine the growing unease among British museums about accepting money from Sackler family members linked to the sale of the opioid OxyContin, and look at 2018's most visited shows and museums with Met director Max Hollein. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

Hosted by Ben Luke and Nancy Kenney. , with guest speakers Martin Bailey and Emily Sharpe. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson

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

Martin Bailey. with additional reporting by Helen Stoilas

South London Gallery returned funding to Sackler Trust last year

Plus, Nan Goldin's show at the National Portrait Gallery is expected to go ahead after the trust and London museum decided not to proceed with a £1m grant

Tate to stop accepting donations from the Sackler Trust

The move follows a mutual decision by the National Portrait Gallery and the Sackler Trust to not proceed with a £1m grant

London's National Portrait Gallery and Sackler Trust to 'not proceed' with £1m grant

Mutual decision comes amid controversy over trust's connection to Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, a prescription painkiller linked to the opioid crisis

Jerwood Gallery in Hastings to lose British art collection by November

Almost 300 Modern and contemporary works will be withdrawn amid funding dispute with the Jerwood Foundation

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

The Met is re-evaluating its gift acceptance policy in wake of Sackler lawsuits

Their family’s support “began decades before the opioid crisis” says president and CEO Daniel Weiss

BMW gives long-term boost to Art Dubai

The automobile giant signed a three-year partnership with the fair

BAE Systems pulls sponsorship of Great Exhibition of the North after protests

The defence giant withdrew after Art not Arms petition condemned company’s sales to Saudi Arabia

Revealed: the profits of staging a touring exhibition

Usually highly secret financial data on Burrell Collection's travelling show disclosed for forthcoming Glasgow City Council meeting

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

US art sponsorship suffering after economic crisis, survey shows

Corporate giving down 14% over three years according to Business Committee for the Arts

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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Dara Birnbaum comments on the importance of the museum-sponsor relationship

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

French institutions have lost their integrity by relying on private sponsors, leading fundraiser says

Longtime arts and heritage patron Olivier de Rohan denounces the increasing influence of external bodies on museums' creative decisions

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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Cartier steps in to replace Bulgari as Art Basel sponsor

The termination of Bulgari's funding provided the perfect opportunity for Cartier to take up the mantle

US foundations back new charity handing out grants to artists

The United States artists fund fills the vacuum created after the government suspended the National Endowment for the Arts in the '90s

Louvre gets a taste of US sponsorship as Atlanta's High Museum pays $10m to borrow works by Raphael, Rembrandt and Velázquez

The money will restore the French museum's 18th-century decorative art galleries and the collaboration seeks to improve US-French relations in the wake of the Iraq War

New installation for Tate Modern courtesy of UBS

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

Siberian billionaire funds $3m Hermitage exhibition tour

Industrialist Oleg Deripaska has become the Russian museum’s most generous private donor—even if his support is part of a public relations initiative

July 2005archive

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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The $2.6 million Dalí retrospective comes to Philadelphia

A credit card company has spearheaded the massive publicity campaign for the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s exhibition

July 2003archive

Fiat ends sponsorship of exhibitions at Palazzo Grassi

After 17 years and 15 shows, the Italian car manufacturer has withdrawn funding from major kunsthalle in Venice

Economicsarchive

Art & Business organisation report decline in British exhibition sponsorship

The 2001-2 recordings reflect struggling economy, registering a drop in art sponsorship since the millennium

March 2003archive

The Dulwich Picture Gallery organises sponsored walk to meet £100,000 shortfall in annual budget

Museum director will don Clarks shoes and fill his pockets with Kendal Mint cakes for the 150-mile trek

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Plans for Iran exhibition at British Museum shelved as sponsor withdraws in aftermath of Twin Tower bombings

The exhibition, which would have highlighted the creative flourishing facilitated by members of Iranian royalty, may still become a reality in 2004 or 2005

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