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Sydney Biennale – NIRIN

The 22nd edition of the Sydney Biennale, which recently opened at six cultural venues across the city, challenges us to think about the world from a refreshingly alternative viewpoint. Curated by the internationally acclaimed, multi-disciplinary Indigenous artist Brook Andrew, it brings together 100 artists and collectives from 36 countries. Andrew has named the exhibition NIRIN, […]

They think we doth protest too much

OPINION Three protesters were arrested in Melbourne defending their democratic right to protest following a review of the Summary Offences Act in the Victorian upper house that had been passed on March 11, 2014. The Victorian Bill was being debated in parliament when a group of around 20 protesters - including those engaged in an […]

Artists condemn ‘malicious’ government attack

Local artists have reacted with outrage at suggestions from the federal government that artists who reject corporate funding should not receive government funding. In reaction to the Biennale of Sydney’s decision to drop the Transfield Foundation as a sponsor, arts minister George Brandis sent a letter last week to the Australian Council for the Arts […]

Transfield out, artists back in

Artists have indicated they will return to the Biennale of Sydney now that it has dumped the Transfield Foundation as a sponsor. Conceptual artist Ahmed Ogut, who lives and works in the Netherlands, said he did not see any reason to continue boycotting the Biennale now that the contract has been severed. “I see this […]

Artists boycott Biennale over asylum camps

At least five artists will boycott the Biennale of Sydney due to its connection with Transfield Services, the contract-holder to operate detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru. The five boycotting artists, Ahmet Ögüt,  Libia Castro, Ólafur Ólafsson, Gabrielle de Vietri and Charlie Sofo said in a statement they had revoked their works, cancelled their […]

Detention centre profits sour Biennale

Artists, activists, and members of the public are calling for a boycott of the Sydney Biennale after the parent company of the art festival’s major sponsor announced it would be managing welfare services for overseas detention centres. The Biennale’s main sponsor is the Transfield Foundation, a joint philanthropic venture between Transfield Holdings and Transfield Services, […]