22 February 2022


National Portrait Gallery Severs Sponsorship With BP

The National Portrait Gallery has announced the end of its partnership with bp. The London Gallery confirmed that they would not extend beyond December 2022, when their current contract ends. The partnership spanned more than 30 years, with the oil company sponsoring the Gallery’s Portrait Award, one of the longest-running cultural events in London. The Gallery is […]

5 May 2020


Jiab Prachakul Wins 2020 BP Portrait Award

A self-taught artist, Jiab Prachakul has won the prestigious first prize in the BP Portrait Award 2020

4 April 2016


Activists Target British Museum’s Links With Oil Giant BP

Anti BP Oil Activists staged a demonstration inside London’s leading museum yesterday in protest of the institutions continuing sponsorship with the energy giant BP.  A group of at least twenty demonstrators organised a “disobedient exhibition” inside the covered central courtyard on the busiest day of the Easter Holiday. Dozens of black-clad activists entered the court at around 3pm and […]

12 March 2016


Oil Multinational BP Pulls Sponsorship Deal With Tate From 2017

This is the result a number of protest groups had worked towards for a number of years, the multinational Oil company BP is now to end all sponsorship with Tate from 2017. The oil giant has expressed plans not to renew their contract with the  museums as a result of public protest which has had a […]

29 January 2015


National Gallery: One Small Step Towards Privatisation One Giant Leap Towards BP

The National Gallery found itself the centre of a large PR pickle this week as the dirty word ‘privatisation’ was bandied back and forth over its decision to outsource gallery invigilation to security firm CIS, to the mass dismay of unions. Indeed, anyone who visited ‘Rembrandt: the late works’ will have noticed for the first […]

10 October 2014


Will Tate Reveal Information Of Its Corporate Sponsorship Deals With BP

Tate gallery management have appeared before an Information Tribunal to defend their right to withhold details of the galleries’ financial relationship with oil company and Tate sponsor BP. Richard Aydon, Tate’s Head of Legal, admitted that Tate fears that “protests might intensify” if the raw facts of the sponsorship were to be revealed, The Arts […]

2 September 2014


Liberate Tate: New Protest Highlights Tate’s Relationship With Oil Giant BP

The art collective Liberate Tate are back with another protest highlighting the Tate’s relationship with the oil giant BP. A participatory performance in conversation with Tate’s refusal to disclose the amount of money it receives from BP is on the agenda on 6 September, 1pm. The exact Tate location has yet to be disclosed. The […]

12 June 2012


BP Travel Award Winner Jo Fraser Exhibits At NPG

National Portrait Gallery features the work of the 2011 winner A large scale portrait depicting weavers from a remote mountain village in Peru will go on display for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery as part of this year’s BP Portrait Award exhibition. The artist, Jo Fraser, winner of the BP Travel Award […]

19 December 2011


Tate Weigh Up Dropping BP Sponsorship In 2012

Tate, NPG, BM and ROH sign partnership deal with BP for a further five years Over the past few months the Tate board of trustees have debated the future of BP as a gallery sponsor. On the 19 December they concluded it was in the interest of the organisation to keep cosy with the oil […]