Mining sector’s complicity called out in artwashing award

11 companies that hide their dirty business behind a façade of supporting the arts are the nominees for this year’s Artwash Award.

Carbon-polluting companies in the resource sector that mask their activities by supporting the arts are being called out by Perth’s pvi collective through the third annual Artwash Award.

Voting for the Artwash Award is now open, with arts lovers encouraged to vote for the company they think is most guilty of using its social activities to distract from its environmental destruction. Eleven companies are nominated, including Santos, Chevron, Woodside and Rio Tinto.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts