Artists at the pointy end of Ballarat Biennale’s financial over-commitment

Social media attack or real concerns? ArtsHub examines this week’s news of BOAA’s alleged financial mismanagement, which has resulted in delayed artist payments.
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Gerwyn Davies, Prawn, 2016, digital inkjet print, edition 1 of 5, 80 x 110 cm; image courtesy the artist

This week The Courier, a regional Victorian newspaper, exposed a situation where artists – whose works had been presented in Ballarat’s inaugural Biennale of Australia Art (BOAA) over the past six weeks – were in jeopardy of not being paid in full.

A letter to artists from Julie Collins, Managing Director / Artistic Director of BOAA over the weekend sparked the article and subsequent commentary on social media.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina