Creative companies filing for bankruptcy

Within days, two creative companies announced that they had moved into liquidation, confirming fears of a tightening economy in the sector.

Mid last week (3 August), news spread that the Melbourne-based design firm Fenton & Fenton – known for supporting Australian designers and artists – had gone into liquidation.

The following day (4 August), headlines again bore bad news. The Toronto-based company Lighthouse Immersive, known for its immersive experiences of Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and Claude Monet, filed for bankruptcy (Bloomberg).

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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