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Cut ties with Transfield

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We the undersigned are individual artists and arts workers* who stand in unity and solidarity with the 19th Biennale of Sydney Artists in calling on the Biennale to act immediately to cut ties with Transfield in light of the recent expansion of their operations into offshore mandatory detention on Manus Island and Nauru.

The complete letter by the artists Gabrielle de Vietri, Bianca Hester, Charlie Sofo, Nathan Gray, Deborah Kelly, Matt Hinkley, Benjamin Armstrong, Libia Castro, Ólafur Ólafsson, Sasha Huber, Sonia Leber, David Chesworth, Daniel McKewen, Angelica Mesiti, Ahmet Öğüt, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Joseph Griffiths, Sol Archer, Tamas Kaszas, Krisztina Erdei, Nathan Coley, Corin Sworn, Ross Manning, Martin Boyce, Callum Morton, Emily Roysdon, Søren Thilo Funder and Mikhail Karikis can be found here: http://www.visualarts.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/OpenLettertotheBoard.pdf

We endorse the contents of the letter and urge The Biennale of Sydney as Australia’s most significant and long-standing, international contemporary art festival – the largest and most well-attended event of its kind in Australia – to lead by example, and to act with urgency and resolve on this matter.

Your action will set a precedent for Australian institutions to become transparent and create ethical codes of practice in relation to seeking and accepting sponsorship and philanthropy. 

With respect

* Signatories to this petition are acting primarily as individuals and not necessarily as organisational representatives.



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