Eclectia – The Catherine Croll Collection
One of the most contemporary private art collections in the Hunter.
Ms Croll has provided inspiration, support and opportunities to a decade of young and emerging artists, assisting them to exhibit their work and build their audience.
To do so she has been instrumental in the establishment of the Newcastle Fringe Art Crawl, Newcastle Art Space (NAS Gallery), the Annual Emerging Art Prize and the West End Precinct Shopfront, ‘Art Walk’.
Ms Croll also serves on the Historic Reserve Trust which oversees the John Paynter Gallery and Police Museum, and has judged dozens of art competitions including the Maitland Art Prize, Pokolbin Portrait Prize and Mattara Festival Art Exhibition.
“There are many collectors in Newcastle (some more private than others) and they all understand that the act of collecting provides local artists with the funds required to pursue their artistic goals and the emotional support which gives them the confidence to grasp a fragile future with both hands.”
ECTECTIA is collated from works by over 50 individual artists and aims to provide a guide to budding philanthropists of the future.
“I purchase a work because it excites me, pushes the boundaries, explores new mediums or represents a unique moment in time.”
Newcastle, through its strong educational infrastructure, provides an excellent opportunity for the ‘collector’ to observe the growth of young artists.
Through their years of annual student exhibitions at Watt Space or Hunter Street TAFE, their transition to artist run spaces such as Back to Back, Newcastle Art Space and The John Paynter Gallery and finally their emergence into commercial galleries including The John Miller Gallery, The Damien Minton Gallery and the regional public galleries in Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Maitland.
The Newcastle Herald, The Sunday Telegraph
The Catherine Croll Collection features the work of:
Angela Armstrong, Simone Baird, Michael Bell, Tracy Bertram, Bethany, Darryl Bowes, Dallas Bray, Rhett Brewer, Gabrielle Collins, Michael Cusack, Aaron Ellis, Neil Emerson, Shelly Evans, Sheree Flemming, Jason Fletcher, The Fong Sisters, Peter Gardiner, Frank Gerardi, Jane Gilchrist, Kristen Glynn, Isabel Gomez, Paul Harris, Adam Hartree, Lucas Heyes, Andrew Hmelnitski, Trevor Horsnell, Sam Hughes, Andrew Jackson, Penelope Jones, Dominic Kavanah, Tom Kearney, Lucy Kelly, Bernadette Krone, Jane Lander, Peter Lankas, Matt Longsworth, Joseph Lysartt, Euan McLeod, Ken O’Regan, John Pitman, Isabella Pluta, Chris Porter, Michael Randall, Julie Reed, Natelie Reid, Haley Renee, Leo Robba, Natalie Sherring, Vicki Sienczuk, Craig Simpson, Bernadette Smith & Julie Reed, Brigette Smith, Jennifer Smith, Neal Smith, Braddon Snape, Jan Snitt, Spare Parts Industries, Peter Speight, Isabelle Strachan, The Strutt Twins, Luke Thurgate, Richard Tipping, Martin Trew, John Turier, Andy Vagg, Vicki Walker, Bridie Watt, Clare Weeks, Anthony J Williams, Graham Wilson, Ross Woodrow etc.