For close observers of the Australian cultural scene, this was a fascinating tidbit. The funding results of the highly controversial Catalyst fund have been keenly anticipated -- and rather slow in coming. Despite huge interest from a cash-strapped cultural sector, only a handful of Catalyst grants have been announced so far. So the Kaldor Public Art Projects media release signalled news of another Catalyst grant from the government. At least -- it appeared to. When Crikey inquired how much federal arts funding the project had received from Catalyst, Kaldor Public Art Projects wouldn't say. A publicist for the project told Crikey: “I’ve checked with John Kaldor, and unfortunately he’s not able to comment on the funding at this point.” Crikey asked Arts Minister Mitch Fifield’s office how much funding had been given to Kaldor Public Art Projects. At the time of writing, no response has been received. No government media release or ministerial announcement was forthcoming. No dollar figure of grant funding has been announced. And yet, Catalyst announcements are being made. Last week, Fifield was in Western Australia. And, lo and behold, a number of funding announcements for successful Catalyst projects in the west suddenly rolled out. On Wednesday, Fifield held a media conference in the blue-ribbon Perth suburb of Claremont, to announce a grant of $400,000 to arts organisation FORM to fund the transformation of an old goods shed into a new cultural space. Liberal Senator Dean Smith was there for the media appearance.