BP's Controversial Tate Sponsorship

The Tate was forced to release its sponsorship arrangements with oil giant BP on 26 January 2015. The landmark ruling was the result of a three-year long Freedom of Information (FOI) appeals process by London-based campaign group Platform, FOI company Request Initiative and law firms Leigh Day and Monckton chambers. The ruling required Tate to publish the sum of money BP paid as a sponsor between 1990 and 2006, along with details of internal decision-making on the controversial relationship. Figures showed payments from BP increased from just £150,000 in 1991 to only £330,000 in 2006. The donations, which continue today, mean BP has its flower petal logo hanging around the galleries and, according to campaigners, provides them with a 'social licence to operate' by making them appear socially conscious and respectable. This DeSmog UK series reports at the forefront of this battle for information.


In this series

BP or not BP British Museum Splashmob. Photo: Kristian Buus
The British Museum has failed to assess the ethical issues involved in having oil giant BP sponsor...
By Kyla Mandel, 1 Oct, 2016
Oil giant BP gained privileged access to UK and foreign politicians and policymakers by sponsoring...
By Kyla Mandel, 3 May, 2016
Oil giant BP has announced today that it will end its 26 year sponsorship of UK art gallery Tate at...
By Kyla Mandel, 11 Mar, 2016
Art lovers visiting Tate would have to donate less than 1p to allow the galleries to drop oil...
By Kyla Mandel, 26 Jan, 2015
Tate must disclose its sponsorship arrangements with oil giant BP in a landmark ruling by the UK’s...
By Richard Heasman, 6 Jan, 2015
During the Tate’s Annual General Meeting on Friday evening multiple members of the Tate Gallery...
By Richard Heasman, 7 Dec, 2014