BP and leading UK cultural institutions extend partnerships with $15.5 million sponsorship

Source: BP

Four of the UK’s major cultural institutions - the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House, and Tate Britain - today announced the renewal and extension of their long-standing partnerships with BP.

In total, BP will invest almost £10 million ($15.5 million) in the four partnerships over the next five years. Taken together, these agreements represent one of the most significant long-term corporate investments in UK arts and culture.

The renewal and expansion of the partnerships were announced today in the BP Lecture Theatre in the British Museum in London, at an event attended by Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries and Iain Conn, managing director of BP, together with Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, Tony Hall, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery and Nicholas Serota, Director Tate.

Each of the four institutions has a long-standing partnership with BP - most stretching back over 20 years - which the new agreements will extend for a further five years, out to 2017. The increased level of funding from BP will also allow them to further develop their programmes and extend access to wider audiences.

Providing secure funding and building long-term relationships with partner institutions is a key approach in BP’s support of the arts and culture in the UK. This helps underpin the institutions’ long-term development of programmes of exhibitions and performances, helping them to secure performers, artists and works of art well into the future.

Since the beginning of the institutions’ partnerships with BP:

• Over 30 million people have visited Tate Britain and enjoyed the refreshed BP British Art Displays.
• Over 1.2 million people have attended a BP special exhibition at the British Museum.
• Over 3 million people have visited the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery which, in total, has attracted around 30,000 entries to the competition from more than 80 countries.
• With the Royal Opera House, the BP Summer Big Screens programme has extended from one initial location in London in 2000 to 21 locations across the UK in 2011, providing thousands of people access to free world class ballet and opera.

In total, over 3 million people across the UK engaged with BP-supported arts and cultural activities in 2011. As a Premier Partner of the London 2012 Festival, BP is also helping to showcase the UK’s cultural excellence and diversity to an even wider audience.

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