The peak body protecting and promoting the Australian visual arts sector

Making a Career in the Arts

Presented by SAMAG in collaboration with NAVA and Artspace.

Making a Career in the Arts

Following a tumultuous 2016 and with the median creative income for Australian artists being well below the national average, we check in with four Sydney artists and arts practitioners to talk the highs, lows and everything in between for creating a career in the arts. We will look past the stereotypes to talk through fair pay and funding, wellbeing, paying the rent, the business of being an artist and what the future holds.


Brianna Munting (Facilitator): Deputy Director, NAVA

Talia Linz: Curator, Artspace

Lara Merrett: Artist

Jonny Niesche: Artist

Huseyin Sami: Artist

Further Reading

The below guides and factsheets exclusively for NAVA Members are aimed at helping artists, curators and arts administrators make connections and boost career prospects in the visual arts sector. The full suite of NAVA Guides are available here.

Making a Career in the Arts