Hacked billboards protest Shell’s dodgy PR tactics in climate protest ahead of London AGM

15 May 2024

Press contact: Tona Merriman, +447547320072, brandalism.project@gmail.com Oil giant Shell’s tobacco-style PR tactics have been targeted in a guerrilla billboarding action across London, Manchester and other core UK cities in the run up to Shell’s AGM in London. In the clandestine operation, Brandalism activists replaced more than 200 commercial adverts on billboards, bus stops and tube carriages with satirical artworks protesting Shell’s efforts to “fast track the apocalypse”, as shareholders prepare to vote on Shell’s weak climate strategy. Activists and artists…

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Subvertising across Europe takes a swipe at airline advertising

23 Apr 2024

Brandalism crews have taken over ad-spaces across Europe this week with spoof ads demanding an end to airline advertising over the outsized climate impacts of aviation. Adverts in over 30 towns and cities, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Lisbon, Geneva, Paris and London have been replaced or modified to highlight the role of advertising in the growing emissions from airlines. The ad-hack actions are part of wider movement to pressure local legislators to ban advertising and sponsorships by airlines and airports, highlighting…

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Ad-hacks slam Wimbledon for Barclays sponsorship deal

07 Jul 2023

Brandalism crews have hijacked advertising spaces in Wimbledon, south London, to protest the tennis tournament’s endorsement of Barclays via a lucrative new sponsorship deal. As the tennis tournament celebrated its dubious “Environment Day”, activists replaced corporate ads on streets surrounding the tournament with satirical artworks stating: “Barclays sponsors Wimbledon and Fossil Fuels”. The spoof ad, by artist Klarissa Katz, shows Barclays shaking hands with death – dressed up as a corporate executive at Shell. Barclays is one of the world’…

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Call Out: Take action against aviation advertising

26 Jul 2022

International week of action against aviation ads:Saturday 10th – Saturday 17th September 2022 Join the Subvertisers International network and Brandalism in September 2022 to stand up against airline and airport advertising, as Europe burns under an unprecedented heatwave and our politicians, corporations and the advertising agencies that hustle for fossil fuels continue to act like nothing is happening. TAKE ACTION From 10th – 17th September 2022, citizens, climate justice groups, activists and artists around Europe will be taking action to call for a…

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17 year old snorkel instructor in Australia inspires UK spoof ad campaign against HSBC’s greenwashing

30 Sep 2021

A 17 year-old snorkel instructor who lives by the Great Barrier Reef in Australia has inspired a guerilla art campaign against HSBC bank in Britain this week. Following Ava’s challenge to HSBC over their “blatant greenwash”, Brandalism partnered up with Fossil Free London to create a guerilla art campaign of spoof HSBC adverts on billboards and bus stops in London, Brighton and Bristol. For press enquiries contact Tona Merriman, +44 7440 703 870 brandalism[at]riseup.net Shearer, who is from Port Douglas, Queensland…

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Barclays #FossilBank – revealing the true role of Barclays in the climate crisis

21 Sep 2021

Activists have hijacked ad spaces in 20 UK towns and cities to highlight Barclays’ continued funding of fossil fuels and deforestation, in the run up to COP26 As Barclays prepares to announce a new climate policy, more than 200 mock adverts have been installed at billboards and bus stops across the UK. The spoof ads spotlight Barclays’ role in financing climate breakdown, adding to growing public pressure for big banks to clean up their act.  Dubbed ‘the dirtiest bank in…

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Parody car adverts hit UK cities

05 Sep 2020

A wave of parody car adverts have appeared on billboards and bus stop in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Leeds and London – as pressure grows on the car industry advertising. Press Release: 100 billboards used in anti-car protest  5th September 2020      Contact: Peter Marcuse / brandalism[@]riseup.net /  0044 74385 10447 Web-ready images can be downloaded from here. Environmental groups from the ‘Brandalism’ network have installed over 100 parody car advert posters on billboard and bus stop advertising spaces…

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The Subvertisers International Launches with #SubvertTheCity

17 Apr 2017

  Towards a Global Subvertising Movement – Brandalism & Friends launch the Subvertisers International (SI) Over the course of the last year Brandalism has been working alongside friends, artists, collectives, NGOs and activists to create a new international network of subvertisers. We are pleased to announce that the Subvertisers International (SI) launched in March 2017 with a global week of coordinated art activism entitled #SubvertThecity. As a result, the SI’s public ‘Call To Action’ saw over 500 corporate advertising panels…

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