BP protest runs out of steam
EARLIER this month, the longrunning campaign by environmental lobbyists against BP’S sponsorship of Arts organisations in Britain received a setback. A report by the Museums Association’s (MA) ethics committee on allegations that BP was infringing the MA’S guidelines on commercial sponsorship concluded that there was no evidence of impropriety.
The allegations were made by Art Not Oil, a coalition of protest groups, which had obtained material under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 about the workings of BP’S sponsorship of the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and Tate. The ethics committee concluded that the activity that was revealed—such as discussions with BP about the planning and