“If we want to change climate change legislation, we have to break those relationships,” said Chris Garrard, a representative from Art Not Oil, a British-based coalition of environmental groups focused on the arts.
But the sense of urgency isn’t shared equally across the arts, even in Europe. BP still sponsors important traditional cultural institutions such as the British Museum, as well as the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery. BP has continued five-year sponsorships at the London’s Royal Opera House and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Funding the arts “is something that BP has been involved in for over 50 years,” said Shannon Wiseman, deputy head of the group press office at BP, said. “It’s an important part of what we think of as our local community, and something we continue to be involved in.” She added that it