Creatively Resisting Oil Sponsorship


Fossil Free Culture NL is excited to invite artists, activists, thinkers and makers, to collectively kickstart their campaign with an informal gathering next Wednesday, April 6th, hosted by staff_room at De Punt.

We are lucky to have John Jordan from the Labofii, whose 2010 workshop at Tate Modern challenged the gallery’s BP sponsorship head on. In the following six years, the art collective Liberate Tate has been effectively confronting this sponsorship with beautiful performances and creative actions. Their campaign has been ultimately victorious —BP dropped the sponsorship two weeks ago.

After the talk, we will briefly map the oil sponsorship deals of cultural institutions here in the Netherlands, followed by the opportunity to take part in preparing our first action!

Where: De Punt, Frans de Wollantstraat 84, 1018 SC Amsterdam.
When:  Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Programme (check Facebook event for eventual updates):
7:30 pm. Doors open. Have a drink!
7:45 – 8:00 Introduction by Fossil Free Culture NL
8:00 – 8:30 John Jordan on creative activism
8:45 – 9:30 Sneak preview of upcoming plans

Fossil Free Culture NL is a network of artists, activists, and scholars committed to disentangle cultural institutions in the NL from the influence of the fossil fuel industry.

Based in Amsterdam, STAFF_ ROOM exclusively represents socially and politically engaged artists. As a not-for-profit gallery STAFF_ ROOM has no permanent exhibition space; it manifests online and offline wherever social and political issues lead her.

De PUNT is a work- and project space in de Czaar Peter neighborhood in Amsterdam, initiated by De Derde Verdieping in collaboration with the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam. The location offers a cultural program as well as a work space for residents from the neighborhood and other cultural workers.


John Jordan is an artist and activist. He co-founded the direct action groups Reclaim the Streets, and the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army (CIRCA). He and Isabelle Fremeaux founded the The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, infamous for fermenting mass disobedie
nce on bicycles during the Copenhagen Climate Summit, throwing snowballs at bankers, launching a rebel raft regatta to shut down a power station and initiating the unsolicited covering of the Tate gallery in molasses. Following the publication of the film-book Les Sentiers de L’utopie (Editions Zones 2011), they have been setting up a commune, farm and school of art and activism in rural Brittany. Their most recent project has been the Climate Games, an online-offline disobedient action-adventure game that took place during Paris Climate Summit.


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