15/07/2024 2:08 PM


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Just Stop Oil is both destructive and IGNORANT!

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For numerous yrs, I made use of to visit the BP Portrait Awards Night at the Countrywide Portrait Gallery to photograph the winning artists. In executing so, I utilised to have walk past the demonstrators versus BP’s sponsorship of this important portrait levels of competition.  I reported “Justification me” and they kindly moved to allow me go. Respect on each sides.

I recognized where they ended up coming from. It produced perception – even if I disagreed with them – as explained in a series of posts about sponsorship of artwork (see close of this put up)

Nevertheless text really just about fail me when it will come to some of the utter stupidities of the Just Prevent Oil’s initiatives in relation to artwork galleries and well-known oil paintings – but not quite.  Therefore this post!

The demonstrations

Graffiti sprayed onto walls of art galleries and glueing by themselves to paintings
is normal exercise for these demonstrators

To day there have been a variety of demonstrations about the United kingdom involving destruction of assets and demonstrators gluing themselves to incredibly previous artwork and archival frames as follows

  • June 29th – Kelvingrove Artwork Gallery and Museum – 
  • July 1st – Manchester Art Gallery
  • July 4th – Countrywide Gallery
  • July 5th – Royal Academy

Not so one of my followers who incredibly neatly summed it up when he pointed out 

It can be the mistaken kind of oil!

or an additional who commented

Ian Dugdale
Just consider about all the petro-chemical solvent that will be necessary to clear away all the graffiti. Wouldn’t be essential with no their actions.

So let us highlight 

  • it can be the completely wrong type of oil
  • the wrong locations are staying attacked for no great rationale
The a single on the remaining seemingly enjoys international holiday seasons involving a lot of flights

The completely wrong sort of oil

Some of the protestors are art learners.

You would assume they’d know that oil paint has nothing in anyway to do with petroleum!

The oil utilized in oil paint is very normally linseed oil.

Linseed oil is:

  • pressed from flax seeds – which have been grown for generations if not millenium without adverse consequences
  • biodegradeable
  • non poisonous

They all audio quite inexperienced to me – and precisely the antithesis of what these quite silly  infantile protestors are complaining about.

The erroneous destinations i.e. no oil sponsorship


Without a doubt BP has extremely almost stopped backing the arts for each se.

On the site on its web site dealing with sponsorship of the arts in the British isles it highlights the next

In 2016, in assist of our approach, we announced a more 5-year expenditure of £7.5 million from 2018 for a vary of projects at the British Museum, the Countrywide Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera Dwelling

So mainly, not a person of the art galleries focused have been in receipt of oil cash – and one particular of them is closed at the moment!

There are no grounds in any way for attacking these places.

On 14th June I walked home from an artwork exhibition together Horse Guards
– only to come across that some quite expensive equipment associated in 
cleaning pink paint thrown on the Treasury Setting up by Just Stop Oil demonstrators

Indeed I also co
me across the squander of community income associated in cleansing off the paint thrown at the Treasury to be abominable, provided other folks (from Gandhi to Greenham Widespread to Dame Deborah James) have demonstrated exceptionally very well how productive other varieties of Peaceful campaigning can be. 

Damaging protests just provide to alienate extremely lots of individuals.

The rules of efficient protests are

  1. Initial do no hurt
  2. Get your details suitable
  3. You should not annoy the completely wrong people 

So far as I’m worried they’re receiving it very poorly incorrect on Each Single Level! 

Though I guidance environmentalism, in no way do I assistance people today who behave in these kinds of an ignorant and destructive way to no superior stop. 

Numerous believe – and I concur – that they will need to improve up and cease behaving like young men and women with a lousy assault of the teenage tantrums.

REFERENCE: BP sponsorship

I’ve composed about BP’s sponsorship of the Arts and the various views taken about it on a selection of instances:
My watch is clear – as stated back in 2015.

I’ll condition my scenario up entrance. I truly am not in the minimum bit bothered by BP’s sponsorship of artwork galleries and museums. I am much extra concerned about:

  • fossil fuel corporations behaving in a social accountable method
  • all those attempting to mend their reputation paying a fair value to society for the privilege of remaining associated with a prestigious artwork gallery or museum which only exists because of to generous condition help. 

Of course I might relatively that electricity sources arrived from renewable resources. On the other hand until any person makes power use from non-fossil gas a price helpful and productive proposition for most of the businesses and households in the British isles (and elsewhere) I do not see significantly substitute to the ongoing use of fossil fuels.

That in turn means oil providers will be seeking for techniques of sanitising their graphic – and gives a superb possibility for sponsorship – so long as this is at the proper value.


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