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Mary Corrigall during a studio visit with Athi-Patra Ruga
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CORRIGALL & CO is a Cape Town-based arts research consultancy founded by Mary Corrigall in 2015. A prominent commentator, researcher and academic whose work has probed different arts sectors, she has been mapping and analysing creative economies in South Africa and other parts of Africa for commercial, non-profit and public entities.  

Her reports are the result of quantitative and qualitative methodologies and the consultancy relies on researchers based not only in South Africa but a network of specialists in other art capitals on the continent. 

Corrigall is a member of the International Art Market Studies Association and has produced over five studies relating to the African contemporary art market that include A Decade of Curating,  The Top 50 Artists and the Top 20 Curators who validated them, Joburg Art Fairs, and The South African Art Market: Pricing & Patterns.  


With degrees in Art History from Unisa and Wits University, her area of specialty is the visual arts and she has presented numerous academic papers on contemporary art and the art market. 


However, since establishing her consultancy and mapping and analysing the art market she offers a variety of consulting services to galleries, collectors, artists, and art-related businesses.

Her interest in analysing creative economies has led to her being regularly commissioned by the Department of Arts & Culture, by way of the Cultural Observatory, to produce reports on other arts sectors. She has led large research teams in the production of these reports. Over the years she has widened her purview to the digital arts sectors, such as animation and gaming.  


As one of South Africa's leading cultural commentators, she has been closely observing and commentating on African cultural movements for 20 years. CNN, the European Commission, the English Academy of South Africa, and the Arts & Culture Trust among other authorities have all awarded her arts journalism. 

Following a decade at The Sunday Independent, she has been a regular contributor to The Sunday Times, Mail & Guardian, Businessday, Financial Mail, Cape Times, Weekend Argus,  and Wanted. She is a regular contributor to Latitudes Online .


Awards presented to Mary Corrigall

English Academy of South Africa: Thomas Pringle Award for Reviews – 2011

The European Commission Lorenzo Natali Award – Third Prize in Africa category - 2009

English Academy of South Africa: Thomas Pringle Award for Reviews – 2009

Witwatersrand University: Standard Bank African Art Honours Prize - 2009

CNN African Journalist – SAA Tourism Award - 2007

CAPTIONS Left: Athi-Patra Ruga in his studio in Woodstock Cape Town. Right: Lebohang Kganye speaks to her work in a Johannesburg gallery.

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