Did a Victoria artist lose funding because of climate change stance?

Global News

WATCH: Victoria artist Franke James claims the federal government pulled the funding for her art exhibition after learning she spoke out about climate change. Kylie Stanton explains.

It’s been four years, but Franke James has won a partial victory against the federal government’s 2011 decision to retract funding for her European art show.

After a complaint to the Office of the Information Commissioner, she was given internal emails outlining the government’s decision, with most of the previous redactions removed.

“It just inspires me to work harder,” she says from her Victoria home.

“They are going to do that with C-51, only worse.”

In 2011, the government offered Franke a $5,000 grant in support of her art show, which was to showcase her views on global warming through illustrated essays.

However, just before the tour of 20 European cities was to start, her funding was revoked by the Foreign Affairs…

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