CORRIGALL & CO is a Cape Town-based art research consultancy with a focus on mapping developments in contemporary art from the African continent or by African artists.
Our research is channelled into art reports, presentations, workshops and consultations with galleries, artists and art organisations. As such we are committed to feeding valuable information to people at grass roots level to the highest echelons of society so as to encourage the growth of the art ecosystem governing the exchange of art produced by Africans.
The consultancy relies on data collectors and researchers based not only in South Africa but a network of art specialists in major African art capitals.
We have produced two major landmark reports - A Decade of Curating, which tracks the patterns and development of the ecosystem via the work of Africa's top curators, and The Top 50 Artists and the Top 20 Curators who validated them, which identifies artists who have enjoyed institutional acknowledgement over a ten year period (2007-2017).
Corrigall & Co was founded by Mary Corrigall in 2016. As a prominent art critic and academic 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, 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 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.
With postgraduate degrees in Art History and English Literature Corrigall carved out a reputation in academia, as a Research Fellow at The Research Centre for Visual Identities in Art and Design at the University of Johannesburg from 2009 until 2015.
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
Our consulting work in the art field includes advising galleries, art entrepreneurs, artists on where they fit or could fit in the art ecosystem. Corrigall advises individuals, corporates and museums with regards to building art collections tailored to their interests.
We have curated numerous face-to-face-events dubbed #artcrawls - art tours shaped by focussed discussions and studio visits with artists designed to address particular concerns in contemporary African Art.