The Artist’s Cat.

Merle Hathaway has worked passionately in all areas of the arts, with a particular focus on education and community.

Her career has included teaching at secondary and tertiary levels, Community Arts Officer for Ballarat, Education Officer at Art Gallery of Ballarat, Curator Educator at Dromkeen Children’s Literature Collection, Director of Horsham Regional Art Gallery and Executive Officer of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria.

As a consultant she researched and wrote the Public Arts Policy for Hepburn Shire and facilitated the  Museum of Truth and Lies, a ground-breaking project by artists Geoff Bonney, Forest Keegal and Berni Janssen for Central Goldfields Shire.

Merle now works as a consultant and curator, and cataloguer of private collections, and is a volunteer for groups working towards improving the natural and man-made environment: supporting refugees and asylum seekers promotion of the arts, and protecting heritage. A major focus for the past few years has been working towards restoration and reopening Ballarat’s largest hall, the Civic Hall.

The Artist’s Cat. is a business established to assist artists and artists’ estates to organise, catalogue, and promote artwork through exhibitions and strategic donations of artwork to major collections. NB. The Artist’s Cat. website is not yet published but will be  Check The Artist’s Cat. facebook for more details.

Merle Hathaway’s home, the Buninyong Brewery is an occasional venue for workshops, concerts, private functions and fundraisers.

Merle Hathaway is an independent curator, arts facilitator & adviser, now operating as The Artist's Cat. - cataloguing, curatorial services and advice for artists and artists' estates. Current projects - curation of 'Art Meets Nature' exhibition at Sofitel Melbourne, 6 Aug - 6 Nov 2019, for WAMA Foundation. Previous roles - Executive Officer of the Public Galleries Association, Director of Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Curator/Educator at Dromkeen, Art Gallery Ballarat Education Officer, Ballarat Community Arts Officer, tertiary, secondary arts teacher.
I am passionate about most art forms and love working with similarly enthusiastic arts and community focussed people.

Contact Details

Postal address: PO Box 114, Buninyong 3357
Phone number: 0419324042
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Membership of Organisations

Ballarat Arts Alive
Ballarat Heritage Watch
Ballarat Rural Australians for Refugees
Buninyong and District Community Association
Friends of Buninyong Gardens
Friends of Canadian Corridor
ICOM (International Council of Museums)
Save Civic Hall