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SHELL WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER EXHIBITION HEADS TO ABERYSTWYTH

Aberystwyth Arts Centre is currently hosting the 2006 Shell WildlifePhotographer exhibition, organised by the Natural History Museum and BBCWildlife magazine. The day after it shuts, on November 10th, the Centrewill begin showing the counter-exhibition, 'Shell's Wild Lie'. It will rununtil November 17th:http://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/whatson/exhibitions/
'Shell's Wild Lie', put together as part of London Rising Tide's 'Art NotOil' campaign, features photographs and illustrations that it considers tobe a truer snapshot of the disastrous effects of Shell and the fossil fuelindustry as a whole on our planet. It tours the country, and was last seenoutside the Natural History Museum on the first weekend of the 2007exhibition, (see report below). (2 campaigners have made officialcomplaints to the Museum as a result of aggressive security on that day.)
Shell has a 2 year contract with the NHM, worth £750,000, with 2007-8being the second of those years. Sam Chase from London Rising Tide said:'We have been led to believe that the Museum is unlikely to renew such acontroversial contract, but we the public need to keep up the pressure onit to steer clear of Shell and Big Oil's tainted cash. In fact, it's timefor oil industry sponsorship of arts and culture to become extinct beforeit's too late to save some of the countless species whose future isthreatened by climate chaos.'
As well as asking people to make their feelings known to the Museum, it isalso asking them to contact BBC Wildlife magazine, which boasts notedenvironmental campaigners and journalists such as Friends of the Earthboss Tony Juniper, Jonathon Porritt, George Monbiot, DavidAttenborough and John Vidal, on its Advisory Panel.
For more information, contact info@artnotoil.org.uk
Check out the Shell's Wild Lie exhibition:http://www.artnotoil.org.uk/gallery/v/Shell/
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1.) This text accompanies the exhibition:IS IT TIME FOR OIL INDUSTRY SPONSORSHIP OF ARTS & CULTURE TO BECOME EXTINCT?
Shell is the third largest oil company in the world. It is also thesponsor of the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife magazine’s WildlifePhotographer of the Year exhibition. As a response, we have put togetherShell’s Wild Lie, which paints what we think is a truer snapshot of theeffects of Shell and the fossil fuel industry as a whole on our planet. Italso depicts some of the actions being taken throughout the world to haltBig Oil in its tracks, and perhaps to ‘build a new world in the ruins ofthe old’.
We think that Shell has no right to pay for its logo to sit alongside aphotograph of a family of polar bears struggling to make its way acrossdisintegrating ice floes, or any of the other wonderful, oftenheartbreaking images that make up NHM’s exhibition. If you agree, pleasetell NHM boss Michael Dixon directly what you think, (also perhaps notforgetting BP, which is a Museum partner):(020) 7942 5000; m.dixon@nhm.ac.uk, cc’ing to feedback@nhm.ac.uk,wildlifeletters@bbcmagazinesbristol.com & us.
Despite attempts to ‘greenwash’ its reputation via blanket advertising andcultural sponsorship, Shell is still heavily implicated in producingever-greater quantities of the oil and gas that are destabilising ourclimate to such an alarming degree. Climate change is set to wipe outmillions of plant and animal species and to devastate the poorest regionsof the planet.* Shell’s activities also result in oil spills which are major causes ofdeath and destruction for many varieties of life.* It is still burning off 'unwanted' gas all across the already massivelydespoiled Niger Delta.* Its planned refinery and pipeline project in County Mayo, Ireland,threatens a pristine ecosysystem, not to mention the homes and livelihoodsof the inhabitants.* It is currently constructing a massive development at Sakhalin Island inRussia which is threatening the survival of the Western Pacific GrayWhale. Lastly, Shell is the only company that has been investing hundredsof millions of dollars to open up for oil explorationthe Chukchi and Beaufort Seas of the American Arctic.
For all these reasons, and many many more, Shell should not be sponsoringthe Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. We call on the NaturalHistory Museum to end its sponsorship deal with Shell. (After all, if theUK government wasn't investing billions in reckless wars for oil,perhaps it could pump more of our wealth into our cultural institutions,large and small?)
Shell’s Wild Lie was put together by London Rising Tide (LRT), as part ofits ongoing Art Not Oil campaign, which stands for ‘creativity, climatejustice and an end to oil industry sponsorship of the arts’. Rising Tideis part of a worldwide network of groups taking creative directaction on the root causes of climate chaos. Thanks for taking the time totake alook…
LRT, c/o 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES. Tel: 07708 794665info@artnotoil.org.ukwww.shelloiledwildlife.org.uk, www.artnotoil.org.uk,www.londonrisingtide.org.uk
2.) Songs of freedom at opening of Shell's Wild Lie exhibition, 27.10.07Photos and more info: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/10/384536.htmlShort film: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/10/384607.html

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8 November 2007 - 1:31pm