Understanding Artists Fees and Wages - a NAVA presentation in Port Macquarie

Fees and Wages workshop hosted by NAVA and Arts Mid North Coast at Glasshouse - Art Lab, Port Macquarie, 3pm-4:30pm AEDT, Saturday 20 January 2024.

About Event

Knowing your worth as an artist is important. With rising costs of living, equipping yourself with the knowledge to be able to price and value your time appropriately is key to sustaining creative practice and work.

In this workshop, NAVA will walk through the minimum standards for artist fees and wages in the new Code of Practice for Visual Arts, Craft and Design (the Code). This resource, endorsed by the Australian Government as part of National Cultural Policy - Revive: a place for every story, a story for every place, sets out equitable, ethical and self-reflective standards for the professional Australian contemporary arts sector.

Participants will walk away understanding how the Code can be used as both a map and self-advocacy tool to advocate for fair pay and working conditions.

This is a free workshop presented by Emma Pham (NAVA) and Coffs Harbour artist Jeremy Sheehan.

About Arts Mid North Coast

Arts Mid North Coast is the peak regional arts and cultural development organisation for the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales. We service the five local government areas of Port Macquarie-Hastings, Kempsey, Nambucca Valley, Bellingen and Coffs Harbour on the traditional lands of the Biripi, Dunghutti and Gumbaynggirr Nations.

We are an independent not for profit organisation supported by Create NSW and Mid North Coast Local Governments and are part of a network of 15 Regional Arts Development Organisations (RADOs) in NSW.

As the peak arts organisation for our region, we support and collaborate with government, communities, organisations, business and individuals to build capacity and create opportunities for the arts and creative industries.

Our vision is to grow the Mid North Coast as a vibrant and diverse region that embraces the creation, understanding and appreciation of the arts in fostering economic, community, cultural and environmental opportunities and benefits.


3pm-4:30pm AEDT


Glasshouse - Art Lab 30/30-42 Clarence St, Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Image Credit

Above illustration by Claudia Chinyere Akole © 2022

ID: An illustration of a woman in orange overalls holding enlarged cash in her left hand and pointing upwards with her right. A hand almost the size of her figure is  holding onto the cash from the left. Four thought bubbles surround the right side of her figure, containing a calculator, transport vehicle, paint brushes and a clock. This image sits against a fuchsia pink background. 

A room of people sitting on chairs looking in the same direction as though listening to someone. They are smiling.

Image: Participants at 'Understanding Artist Fees and Wages', Glasshouse - Art Lab, Port Macquarie, 20 January 2024. Photo by James Lander.

ID: A room of people sitting on chairs looking in the same direction as though listening to someone. They are smiling.

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 event will be held. We recognise all Custodians of Country throughout all lands, waters and territories. We pay our respects to the Elders and Ancestors. Sovereignty was never ceded.