BP or not BP? creative blockade of BP Portrait Award, London, UKAdd to Cart Add to Lightbox Download
London, UK. 10 June, 2019. Artists and activists from BP or not BP? disrupt the BP Portrait Award with a 'creative blockade' against oil sponsorship. The activists linked arms to block all entrances to the National Portrait Gallery, forcing guests to the awards to clamber over railings at the rear entrance to gain access, as well as creating live portraits outside the gallery of activists from West Papua, Mexico, Samoa and the US Gulf Coast fighting back against BP's pollution and climate devastation around the world. Energy company BP has sponsored the NPG’s award for 30 years, but its high-profile involvement is attracting growing criticism for environmental reasons. A judge of this year's award, leading artist Gary Hume, has publicly called for the gallery to end its relationship with BP, as have eight former exhibitors including two former award winners Wim Heldens and Craig Wiley. Credit: Mark Kerrison/BP or not BP?
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