Artwash - Mel Evans
Book launch event - Artwash explores the murky world of oil sponsorship of the arts
Saturday 2nd May 2015, 7 - 9 pm
Caz project space, The Basement, The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance, TR18 2NU
New St Entrance (opposite the Star Inn)
Please join us at CAZ for a presentation and discussion led by Mel Evans to mark the launch of her book Artwash' which explores the murky world of oil sponsorship of the arts, focusing on relationship between our art institutions and the multi-national corporations that fund them and the ethical questions facing artists and arts organisations.
Artwash was Published by Pluto Press on the 20th April 2015, to mark the 5th anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. Artwash explores the murky world of oil sponsorship of the arts, focusing on the deep-rooted relationship between our art institutions and the multi-national corporations that fund them. In the wake of massive environmental disasters created by the oil industry, companies such as BP and Shell are using arts sponsorship as a calculated PR exercise to 'artwash' their soiled reputations.
"This fascinating book delves deeply into art sponsorship, one of the more insidious tools that the fossil fuel industry deploys to maintain its power." NAOMI KLEIN, author of This Changes Everything, The Shock Doctrine and No Logo. Mel Evans provides a gripping exposé of this practice and raises important questions about artistic censorship and complicity, as art institutions find themselves inextricably associated with Big Oil. Artwash shows how the ties that bind our cultural centres to Big Oil can be broken once and for all.
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Photo credits: Human Cost - Amy Scaife BP Walk Through British Art - Martin LeSanto-Smith Toni & Bobbi film stills - Gavin Grindon.