Should a commercial gallery receive Catalyst funding?

Half a million is a big piece of the $12 million pie to be awarded to a commercial gallery within a climate of reduced government funding. But is that the whole story?
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Erub Arts Artists during making of Ghost Net Art Projects. Image credit: Lynette Griffiths.

Last week Federal Arts Minister Mitch Fifield revealed the first three recipients of funding from his Catalyst arts program.

In short they were: Perth independent theatre company The Last Great Hunt to tour a play about dementia ($14,840), the music-therapy organisation Hush Music Foundation (Victoria $50,000), and Brisbane-based Aboriginal art dealer Suzanne O’Connell Gallery and Associates ($485,450).

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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