Ai Weiwei has pulled his work from Denmark – should Melbourne be next?

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David Pledger

Weiwei has taken Denmark to task for its asylum-seeker policy. Australia, for now, is another issue.

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Letgo room 2014 by Ai Weiwei ©

On ArtsHub last week, a grants manager for “a significant Australian arts organisation” wrote anonymously that, should his or her organisation be a successful applicant to Catalyst – the Federal Government’s new arts funding agency – he or she would recommend to the Board that it not accept the funds in protest at the Australian government’s plans to return 267 asylum seekers to Nauru.

About the author

David Pledger is a contemporary artist working within and between the performing, visual and media arts in Australia, Asia and Europe.

He is a member of the Research Unit in Public Cultures at Melbourne University and currently undertaking doctoral studies in the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Melbourne.