The National Portrait Gallery breaks sponsorship with BP

The National Portrait Gallery has announced the end of its partnership with bp. The London Gallery has confirmed that they will not extend beyond December 2022, when their current contract will end. The partnership has lasted over 30 years, with the oil company sponsoring the Gallery’s Portrait Award, one of London’s longest-running cultural events.

The Gallery is committed to working with artists and continuing to promote the portrait

As a result, the sponsorship provided over six million visitors with free entry to the exhibition and contributed to the career development of over 1,500 portrait painters, from budding young painters to established professionals. On the other hand, by being associated with a toxic oil company, the Gallery has lost a lot of credibility with young people concerned about the environment.

The Tate ended its 26-year sponsorship of the Tate in 2017. “The society tried to buy public support by quadrupling the amount of money it gave to the Tate. As BP fought over compensation for Gulf Coast communities in US courts, they were throwing money at Tate in an attempt to detoxify their brand. They only supported Tate with £350,000 a year in funds, or 5% of Tates annual funding.

The announcement from bp and the National Portrait Gallery comes as bp reviews its partnerships and initiatives to ensure the business aligns with its new strategy. Louise Kingham CBE, Senior Vice President, Europe & Head of Country, UK at bp, said: “We are immensely proud of our role in championing British arts and culture for over 30 years, but the bp of today is a very different business. since the beginning of our partnership with the National Portrait Gallery.

“What the National Portrait Gallery continues to provide and present to the public is exceptional, and we couldn’t be more honored to have helped support them. We have enjoyed a close partnership throughout and wish them much success for the future.

Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, said: “The Gallery is extremely grateful to bp for its long-term support of the BP Portrait Award. Its funding for the prize has fostered creativity, encouraged portrait painting for over 30 years, given a platform to artists around the world, and provided inspiration and enjoyment to audiences across the UK.

The Gallery is committed to working with artists and continuing to promote portraiture, and we look forward to developing the future Portrait Prize as we plan to reopen in 2023.”

bp’s current sponsorship of the BP Portrait Award ends in 2022. The BP Portrait Award is not running in 2021 and 2022, while the National Portrait Gallery building in St Martin’s Place is closed for redevelopment. bp generously honors the sponsorship contract, and the remaining funds will support the work of the Gallery.

The National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1856 to encourage, through portraiture, the appreciation and understanding of those who have shaped and still shape British history and culture. Today, he promotes engagement with portraiture in all media to a wide audience by curating, developing and sharing the largest collection of portraiture in the world.

The gallery in St Martin’s Place, London, is closed until 2023, while essential construction work takes place as part of the Inspiring People redevelopment project, which will transform the gallery, including a complete refurbishment of the building and a new learning center. During the period of closure, the Gallery will continue to share its Collection via its digital platform.

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