How can artists achieve their career goals?

How do you maintain your practice and pay the bills? How do you achieve a balance between creating artwork and your other jobs? In this special event for artists, discover different strategies and ways of working to manage your creative career.

We’ll start with a panel discussion featuring artists and curators working across different platforms who have devised various solutions to their challenges, including Abdul Abdullah, Toby Chapman, Bek Conroy, Nicole Monks, Bree Pickering and Alex Wisser. The conversation will be facilitated by artist Nat Randall.

The panel will be followed by a creative session facilitated by Heather Whitely Robertson (creative thinking facilitator and head of learning and participation at the Art Gallery of NSW) to brainstorm practical outcomes for participants.

Presented by the Art Gallery of NSW and Create NSW. Part of Vivid Ideas.

About the speakers

Abdul Abdullah is an artist currently based in Sydney, who works across painting, photography, video, installation and performance. As a self-described ‘outsider amongst outsiders’, his practice is primarily concerned with the experience of the ‘other’ in society.

Toby Chapman is a curator and producer of contemporary visual art. He has extensive experience working in gallery contexts as well as initiating and developing relationships between artists and non-arts organisations. He was the inaugural recipient of the NAVA Emerging Curators Grant (2010), participated in the 4A Emerging Curators Intensive (2012) and was a recipient of the MGNSWCuratorial Mentorship (2013).

Bek Conroy is sought after as a creative and critical thinker in interdisciplinary and intercultural contexts, and has been active in developing an artist-led practice and philosophy in Australia, the USA and South East Asia. She is currently focused on the development of two projects about libraries and laundromats, which investigate artist-led practice at the intersection of economies and archiving.

Bree Pickering is director of the Murray Art Museum Albury. Previously she was executive director of Vox Populi, a contemporary art space and collective in Philadelphia in the US. She has strong management, fundraising and curatorial experience and an extensive network in the national and international cultural sector.

Nicole Monks is a trans-disciplinary artist working across furniture design, photo media and light sculpture. In 2012, she founded the company ‘blackandwhite creative’ to weave Aboriginal philosophies of sustainability, innovation and collaboration into contemporary art and design projects. She has previously participated in panel discussions about collaboration, women in the arts and mentoring.

Nat Randall is a Sydney-based artist and a core member of collectives Hissy Fit and Team MESS. She makes work across performance and video, experimenting with interdisciplinary practices, and also co-hosts the FBi Radio program Canvas. She has extensive knowledge of the NSW arts and cultural landscape.

Alex Wisser lives in Kandos, NSW. His practice is based in photo media, although he works across installation, performance and video as well. An active organiser – curating, blogging and writing about art and artists – he co-founded and ran INDEX, an artist-run studio and exhibition space, and co-founded Cementa, a contemporary arts festival in rural NSW.

Heather Whitely Robertson is head of learning and participation at the Art Gallery of NSW and a creative leader in the field of arts learning and audience engagement. Trained as an architect and educator, she has spent her career working on museum redevelopment projects in Australia and the UK.

Source: Art Gallery NSW