Art is a Real Job: Exhibiting Your Work

Artist-led online event for secondary school students and educators which draw on recommendations made in NAVA's new Code of Practice, Thursday 9 March.

Image: Emma Pham, 2023.
ID: Graphic featuring a purple blue gradient background and text in black font with pink and green shadow that reads, ‘Art is a Real Job’. Around the text are four graphic images of hands in pink and green.

Details and Registration

Exhibiting Your Work -  Thursday 9 March 2023

Online | For students and educators

Registration required

8:00 am - 12:30 pm AWST Perth

9:30 am - 2:00 pm  ACST Darwin

10:00 am - 2:30 AEST Brisbane

10:30 am - 3:00 pm ACDT Adelaide

11:00 am - 3:30 AEDT Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney

Art is a Real Job is a national program throughout March 2023. Dissect and champion NAVA’s new Code of Practice via four artist-led online events, including workshops, studio tours and panel conversations targeted at secondary school students, educators and pre-service educators.

In this session, participants will engage with contemporary Australian artists Tim Meakins, Thomas Readett and April Phillips to explore ideas for exhibiting your work, learn about how good industry practice has helped shape their careers and navigate the art world with confidence.

Register your class, or as an individual educator or pre-service educator using the link below.


Waiting room opens

7:15 AWST | 8:45 am ACST | 9:15 am AEST | 9:45 am ACDT | 10:15 am AEDT

The Art is a Real Job chat is moderated by NAVA Staff Georgie Cyrillo and Emma Pham.

Welcome (15 min)

8:00 am AWST | 9:30 am ACST | 10:00 am AEST | 10:30 am ACDT | 11:00 am AEDT

Welcome to all the student artists and educators joining us for Art is a Real Job!

Workshop with Thomas Readett (60 min)

8:15 am AWST | 9:45 am ACST | 10:15 am AEST | 10:45 am ACDT | 11:15 am AEDT

Have your art tools and materials ready for a live workshop with artist Thomas Readett.

Break One (15 min)

9:15 am AWST | 10:45 am ACST | 11:15 am AEST | 11:45am ACDT | 12:15 pm AEDT

Take a break to eat, hydrate and move!

Panel Exchange (30 min)

9:30 am AWST | 11:00 am ACST | 11:30 am AEST | 12:00 pm ACDT | 12:30 pm AEDT

Tim Meakins, April Phillips, Thomas Readett and NAVA’s Alise Hardy answer your questions in this live panel conversation.

Break Two (30 min)

10:00 am AWST | 11:30 am ACST | 12:00 pm AEST | 12:30 pm ACDT | 1:00 pm AEDT

Take a break to eat, hydrate and move!

Studio Tour with Tim Meakins (40 min)

10:30 am AWST | 12:00 pm ACST | 12:30 pm AEST | 1:00 pm ACDT | 1:30 pm AEDT

Let artist Tim Meakins take you behind the scenes in his studio.

Break Three (10 min)

11:10 am AWST | 12:40 pm ACST | 1:10 pm AEST | 1:40 pm ACDT | 2:10 pm AEDT

Take a break to eat, hydrate and move!

Workshop with April Phillips (60 min)

11:20 am AWST | 12:50 pm ACST | 1:20 pm AEST | 1:50 pm ACDT | 2:20 pm AEDT

Have your art tools and materials ready for a pre-recorded workshop with artist April Phillips.

Farewell (10 min)

12:20 pm AWST | 1:50 pm ACST | 2:20 pm AEST | 2:50 pm ACDT | 3:20 pm AEDT

Thank you and see you at the next Art is a Real Job on 16 March!


Artist Tim Meakins smiling behind his artwork.

Image: Supplied by Artist.

ID: Artist Tim Meakins smiling and peering above his artwork. The artwork includes a pink character on a black background surrounded by a thin yellow inner frame and thick silver outer frame.

Tim Meakins


Tim Meakins is an artist and graphic designer based in Perth (Boorloo), Western Australia.

Working across sculpture, painting, print, animation and publishing, he employs a visual grammar drawn from the history (and present) of computer graphics/operating systems and cartoons to create intensely energetic propositions around the ever-mutating forms, limits, plasticity, optical register and possibilities of digital and analogue states-of-being.


Artist April Phillips smiles at the camera with their long brown hair pushed to the front on one side. April is wearing a bright blue long sleeve shirt with white buttons.

Image: On Jackston Street

April Phillips


April Phillips is a Wiradjuri-Scottish woman of the Galari peoples based in regional NSW. April’s arts practice is experimental, mixing analogue mediums with digital arts; this includes illustration, AR research and printmaking. April leans into character design and the representation of bodies as a narrative tool to explore empathy, fun and form. Her use of vivid colour and unlikely digital processes celebrates the potential of computer art for a new world.


Artist Thomas Readett stands smiling with mouth closed and arms crossed. He is wearing black glasses and a black t shirt.

Image: Supplied by Artist

Thomas Readett


Thomas Readett is an artist and Ngarrindjeri man, who was born and raised on Kaurna Yarta, where he continues to practise and live. His practice spans drawing, painting ,video, music, advocacy and education. For Thomas, Self-exploration and personal narratives become opportunities to reflect the wider world, through themes of love, loss, and grief. His graphic aesthetic is powerfully rendered in black and white, as he melding street art with classical training to produce work that is both technical and conceptual.


Do you have a question for one of the artists?

During the Panel Exchange artists will be answering your questions.

Materials List

Workshop with Thomas Readett

Each participant will need:

  • 2 x White cartridge drawing paper (minimum A4 size)
  • 2 x Black cartridge drawing paper (minimum A4 size)
  • 1 x White pencil or white charcoal pencil or white conte stick
  • 1 x HB pencil or graphite stick
  • 1 x 4B pencil or graphite stick
  • Putty eraser
  • 1 or 2 sentimental objects/items no larger than your palm or a ceramic mug.

Workshop with April Phillips

Each participant will need:

- a computer (laptop or desktop) (tablets and smartphones will not work)

- to access (no cost and ad-free)

If participants do not have access to a computer they will require:

- 3 x White cartridge paper (minimum A4)

- ruler

- HB pencil

- eraser

- coloured markers


Will Professional Development Certificates be provided to educators?

Certificates of attendance linked to AITSL standards will be provided via email following the session. Please complete a new registration for each educator or pre-service educator attending to ensure you receive your certificate.

What materials and tech is required to participate?

Educators are to provide materials and equipment for their students or self. A materials list, suggested webcam and Zoom instructions will be provided via email prior to the event/s.

Is Art is a Real Job accessible?

These online events via Zoom will be closed captioned and Auslan interpreted.

Will Art is a Real Job be recorded?

Unfortunately, NAVA doesn’t currently have the funding to cover licensing fees needed to publish a recording of Art is a Real Job. This may change in the future and we encourage you to sign up to NAVA's Newsletter to be notified if we are able to secure extra funding to pay licensing fees to the artists involved. In the meantime, you can access NAVA’s Teacher Toolkit for ideas on using the Code in the classroom and with young people.

Can independent artists/arts workers attend Art is a Real Job?

Art is a Real Job is for secondary school students and educators working either within schools or with young people in the community. NAVA considers teaching artists or artists working with young people as art educators too. We welcome artists to register if this describes their practice. If you are still unsure, you can visit the Education and Workshop (Chapter 7) section of the Code.


Alise Hardy
Education Coordinator, Schools

NAVA acknowledges and pays respects to the rightful custodians of the many First Nations Lands upon which this online event will be streamed and received. We recognise all Custodians of Country throughout all lands, waters and territories, and pay respect to First Nations communities' Ancestors and Elders. Sovereignty was never ceded.

Logos for NAVA and The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund

This project has been assisted by a grant from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.