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voting for the 2021 annual artwash awards is now open!
with an expanded list of nominees this year, the artwash award celebrates eleven corporate artwashers who look like they play in the dirt whilst maintaining the illusion of clean art-loving hands. It is an impressive feat and one that clearly deserves some fanfare.
in our opinion, the extractive industries already do an outstanding job of hiding behind their social license to operate in order to redirect focus from their destruction of the planet; from community outreach programs, to sporting initiatives, indigenous traineeships, charitable foundations and the occasional bit of tree planting. but what about their contribution to arts and culture, a bit of good old artwashing as well?
the artwash award recognises the mining and extractive industries’ contribution to the arts as part of what we believe is a highly effective pr strategy of laundering their own social responsibility through festivals, concerts, exhibitions, films, live shows and some of the most prestigious arts institutions in the country. of course, they could genuinely like the arts, but either way, it is time these generous benefactors were given a moment in the spotlight.
the artwash awards will let you make up your own minds. check out our sh*tf@ckery graphs and decide who is most deserving this year. whether it is dodging tax, lobbying against climate change policy, making political donations, crafting alternative facts or emitting millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases into the air, there is a whole host of actual IRL and alleged rat bastard behaviour to choose from.
voting is anonymous. the winner will be hand delivered the coveted artwash 2021 award by the pvi team.
Poll open until midnight Monday 18th October, 2021