CORRIGALL & CO is a Cape Town-based art research consultancy with a focus on contemporary art from the African continent or by African artists.
Our research is channelled into art reports, talks, tours workshops and consultations with galleries, collectors, artists and art-related businesses. As such Mary Corrigall is committed to feeding valuable information to people at all levels so as to encourage the growth of the art ecosystem.
Our consulting work includes assisting new and seasoned collectors build art collections, evaluating artworks, advising galleries, art entrepreneurs, artists on where they are positioned or could fit in the art ecosystem.
The consultancy relies on collecting data and researchers based not only in South Africa but a network of art specialists in major African art capitals.
We have produced four major landmark reports - 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.
Corrigall & Co was founded by Mary Corrigall in 2016. As one of South Africa's leading art critic's and academics she has been closely observing and commentating on the contemporary African art scene for over 15 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.
With postgraduate degrees in Art History and English Literature (from Wits University, Johannesburg) and as a Research Fellow at The Research Centre for Visual Identities in Art and Design at the University of Johannesburg from 2009 until 2015, Corrigall carved out a reputation in academia.
Following a decade at The Sunday Independent, she has been a regular contributor to The Times, The Sunday Times, Mail & Guardian, Businessday, Financial Mail, Cape Times, Weekend Argus, Ogojiii, House & Leisure and Wanted. She has produced catalogue texts for a range of established artists from Mary Sibande, to Athi-Patra Ruga.
Awards presented to Mary Corrigall
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.