Shell Skull Stig: Art Not Oil Galleries 1 Favorite 



Aug 5 2005


London, England

The group Art Not Oil did a campaign to raise awareness about the oil industry, and their funding of Art. "Art Not Oil has campaigned against Big Oil cultural sponsorship since 2004. It has also encouraged artists - and would-be artists - to create work that explores the damage that companies like BP and Shell are doing to the planet, and to celebrate the role art can play in counteracting that damage, seeking solutions or simply lifting the spirits." "Art Not Oil is part of Rising Tide, a
UK and international network of grassroots groups taking direct action for climate justice. It is designed in part to paint a truer portrait of an oil company than the caring image manufactured by events such as the BP Portrait Award, Shell's sponsorship of classic drama at the National Theatre, and other 'cultural activities' of the oil multinationals which also happen to divert public attention away from their actual activities. Climate chaos is set to have a catastrophic effect on all of us, while hitting the poorest hardest. The companies most responsible are profiting handsomely, yet they're still welcome it seems in many of our most prestigious public galleries and museums." (exert from site) The Shell Skull Sting was to campaign against Shell's sponsorship of the Natural History Museum's 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year' exhibition.

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