“Art for People …not profit” – a banner
Banner for the folks at BP-or-not-BP and ShellOutSounds who invaded the launch party of the new Rembrandt exhibition at London’s National Gallery yesterday (14 October 2014). They performed a short and fun ‘faustian’ theatrical show with masks and costumes criticising the National Gallery for accepting Shell sponsorship and for planning to privatise about two-thirds of their staff. G4S and Serco, infamous for ‘running’ prisons and refugee-detention-centres, are likely bidders for the contracts. This action was done in solidarity with PCS union, who today are on strike over the proposed privatisation / sackings. See a full description of the stunt HERE – including a short video, and the script from the performance. Below is a great photo by Kristian Buus of the banner with the show’s cast, and a close-up of the spoof Shell logo. Well done to all involved!