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Take the Money and Run? How to Hold on to your Ethics

Intervention by BP or not BP, British Museum 2015. Photo by Sheila Menon.

The organisers and speakers have taken the decision to postpone this event. For context, you can read our open letter to artists, audiences and partners.

We encourage you to go along to another event in the Take the Money and Run series of conversations, Take the Money and Run: Power, Money and Counter-Power, hosted by Live Art Development Agency on Wednesday 19 June.

This event is now sold out.
A workshop for artists exploring how we can interrogate the ethics of funding opportunities and respond to unethical funding scenarios.

The ethics of funding art and culture keeps hitting the headlines. Recent controversies around Sackler grants, arms industry receptions and oil sponsorship deals are leading artists to ask: how can we fund our work without compromising our values?

In this lively discussion and workshop, artists, independent producers and employees of arts organisations are encouraged to explore what power they have when faced with an offer from an unethical funder, how they can take a stand without losing opportunities, and what shifts need to happen in the sector to reduce the risk of artists being placed in these uncomfortable funding situations.

Facilitated by Culture Unstained and Platform, with insights from artists who have grappled with this challenge themselves, this event uses real-life examples to highlight dilemmas, suggest strategies and explore opportunities for collective action. It aims to broaden the conversation around arts funding and bring in voices that are under-represented in these debates.

This event is part of a series hosted by Artsadmin and LADA in 2019 that explore the ethics of fundraising, corporate sponsorship and cultural values, following the Take the Money and Run symposium they convened in 2015, with Home Live Art and Platform London.

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The venue is wheelchair accessible. It takes place is in a relaxed venue with a breakout room provided.

You can let us know your access requirements ahead of time by emailing

Date and time

5 June 2019

Please note
This is now a past event.


Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
London, E1 6AB
Tel: 020 7247 5102
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