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 www.theartistcat.com.au 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.