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the annual artwash award

this award recognises the mining industries’ highly effective p.r. strategy of laundering their own social responsibility through the arts. 


the winner of the 2020 artwash award is… rio tinto

rio tinto came out on top and defeated woodside and chevron in 2020.  the poll revealed a massive 61% swing to rio tinto. 

the artwash award recognises the mining industries’ contribution to arts sponsorship as part of a highly effective p.r. strategy of laundering their own social responsibility, whilst at the same time, dodging tax, lobbying against climate change policies and emitting around 64 million tonnes of greenhouse gases into the air each year. quite an achievement!

the project hopes to open up a difficult discussion about the future of corporate arts sponsorship, in particular how fossil fuel companies cultivate these relationships as strategic marketing tactics to help create their ‘social licence to operate’ and stifle serious debate on the impact their polluting activities are having on frontline communities and the climate. what are the alternatives? and how can we maintain the trust and support of our audiences into the future?

this year’s trophy designer is tarryn gill

the illustrious nominees for 2020 were – rio tinto, woodside & chevron
read more about the nominees

read our frequently asked questions here

in 2019, pvi established the artwash awards, as part of their tiny revolutions project, and delivered a custom-made trophy to renowned arts sponsor and biggest emissions polluter in wa, chevron.

watch the 2019 artwash award delivery



the artwash award is an initiative of pvi collective.
the existence of an artwash strategy is the opinion of the company.
this year’s recipient was determined via a public poll.

further readings:

artwash: big oil and the arts. mel evans. pluto books 

take the money and run. jane trowell, platform london.

rio tinto parliamentary enquiry findings dec 2020.

maps of gratitude, cones of silence and lumps of coal. gabrielle de vietri. 2019

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