The pragmatic artist

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Deborah Stone

Results from the National Arts Survey show artists are focused on getting noticed, building audiences and making a living.

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Artists are not airhead creatives. The modern Australian artist is very aware that he or she needs to survive in an industry, to mediate complex funding and earning opportunities, to be part of a broad social discourse and to contribute to the community.

Last year ArtsHub surveyed some of our members about the greatest challenges they face on both a local and national level and the changes they would like to see to improve their lives as artists and the arts sector generally. About 200 respondents gave more than 2,000 responses, ideas and suggestions, which were presented to the National Arts Summit in Canberra this week.

About the author

Deborah Stone is Editor of ArtsHub.