Transfield and the Sydney Biennale

Transfield is a major sponsor of the Sydney Biennale. The 19th Biennale will be held 21 March – June 9, on Cockatoo Island.

Cockatoo Island, in the Sydney Harbor

Transfield is also the major contractor for the running of the mandatory detention centres on the the islands of Nauru and Manus.

The Biennale’s 2014 theme is “You Imagine What You Desire.”

Manus Island, in Papua New Guinea

Mandatory detention is a system of extrajudicial internment.

Many who have worked inside the internment camps have spoken out about their their complicity and, ultimately, refusal to continue.

How do participating artists feel about their work being funded by profits from running internment camps?

How do audiences feel about the arts being patronised by such a company?

The Biennale arts prize was established in 1973 by Transfield’s founder, Franco Belgiorno-Nettis (1915-2006).


One thought on “Transfield and the Sydney Biennale

  1. Sarah says:

    This is disgusting. As an artist and audience I will not be participating in the biennale. How can you profit from the misery of others is beyond words. I’m horrified.


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