Mary Paterson

Mary Paterson is a writer and curator.

February 2012

Dirty money?

The aim of Culture Beyond Oil, a book produced by the arts and activist organisations Platform, Art Not Oil and Liberate Tate, is to draw attention to cultural sponsorship by the oil industry. The book is a type of intervention that questions the status quo – just like the scenario described above, which was carried out by Liberate Tate in June 2010. What does oil sponsorship reflect of the culture it supports? What does culture do, for oil money? What does oil money do to culture?

BooksVisual Arts
July 2008

Dinner with America

The fuel for both this individualism-for-liberty and individualism-for-consumption is neither liberty, nor capitalism – nor even a shabby looking American dream. Instead, it’s desire.

Culture Wars was included in creativetourists’ Top 25 UK Arts & Culture Blogs 2009.