NAVA x Firstdraft: Auction Pricing 101

Join multidisciplinary artist Abdul Abdullah for an online webinar hosted by NAVA and Firstdraft and learn some tips and tricks on pricing your work for auctions, Wednesday 26 June, 6pm - 7pm AEST.

Join multidisciplinary artist Abdul Abdullah for a webinar hosted by NAVA and Firstdraft and learn some tips and tricks on pricing your work for auctions! Learn from a fellow artist what methods and frameworks work for them and how to find a balance between valuing your work whilst attracting bidders.Since 2009, the Firstdraft Auction has connected emerging and established artists alike with new generations of art collectors and supporters. This fundraising initiative provides artists with an opportunity to sell their work and support the organisation in raising money for our annual program. 

Firstdraft acknowledges that we aren't the only organisation that hosts auctions and are delighted to welcome anyone and everyone who may be struggling to sell work in the current market conditions. Though there is no one size fits all approach when it comes to pricing, we hope to support artists in understanding their rights, responsibilities and how to self advocate. 

With the 2024 Firstdraft Auction just around the corner, come learn from Abdul's personal experience and better understand how to optimise NAVA's Pricing Your Work guide. You will be able to submit any questions you'd like considered at the checkout. 

Who is Abdul Abdullah? 

Abdul Abdullah is an Australian multi-disciplinary artist. As a self-described ‘outsider amongst outsiders’ with a post 9/11 mindset, his practice is primarily concerned with the experience of the ‘other’ and is particularly interested in the disjuncture between perception/projection of identity and the reality of lived experience. Identifying as a Muslim and having both Malay/Indonesian and convict/settler Australian heritage, Abdullah occupies a precarious space in the political discourse that puts him at odds with popular definitions.
He sees himself as an artist working in the peripheries of a peripheral city, in a peripheral country, orbiting a world on the brink. His work has been censored by politicians who have accused him of attacking Australian culture, and once a member of the Christian Democratic party wrote that Abdullah wants to “convert young Australians” and that he “worships a moon god”.

Event details

Wednesday, 26 June, 6pm - 7pm AEST online.

Free - Registration Required


This event will be live captioned. If you need Auslan interpretation or if you have a disability that requires extra support to enable your attendance, please contact Firstdraft's Communications Coordinator, Emma Cao at or call us on +61 2 8970 2999.

Image: Claudia Chinyere Akole © 2022

ID: Against a dark purple background is a graphic illustration in shades of pink of two people exchanging money over a plinth that holds a sculpture. In large white text, it says "auction pricing 101" with the Firstdraft and NAVA logo in white in the bottom right corner.

This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

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.