Catalyst reveals artist commissions - Art Collector

Stuart Ringholt, Laughter Workshop 2012. Courtesy: the artist and Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne

17 July 2013 | The recipients of a special philanthropic visual arts commission have just been revealed.

This one-off project, the Catalyst: Katherine Hannay Visual Arts Commission, is the result of a grant from the Katherine Hannay Estate. The grant aims to support visual artists residing in Australia and to recognise the important role non profit arts organisations play in contributing to artistic careers and to the general community.

The four $80,000 commissions, shared equally between the recipient artists and their paired organisations, allow the artists to create a major new work at key moments in their careers. It gives the organisations resources to support the artists and promote the new pieces.

The recipients of the commissions are:


  • Stuart Ringholt (pictured above) and the Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
  • Justene Williams and Artspace Visual Arts Centre, Sydney
  • Brook Andrew and National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria and the Bendigo Art Gallery
  • Erin Coates and Perth Institute of Contemporay Arts (PICA)

The judging panel of the Catalyst: Katherine Hannay Visual Arts Commission comprised of Naomi Milgrom, chair of the panel and CEO of successful fashion brand Sussan Group; Sophie Gannon, director of Sophie Gannon Gallery in Melbourne; Natalie King, curator and director of Utopia (Asialink); Jeff Khan, co-director and CEO of Performance Space in Sydney; Callum Morton, artist and head of visual Arts at Monash University; and Nicholas Baume, director of Public Art Fund in New York.

Upon announcing the commission winners, Milgrom praised her panel colleagues and the role of private philanthropy. She said that Katherine Hannay's bequest will have a transformative effect for the recipient artists and organisations, and that the benefits of Hannay's gift will go beyond the winners and have an enduring and positive effect on the community.


Alexandra Djurichkovic



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