Changing the direction of your arts practice – when, why and how?

Three artists at different career stages speak on what it means to change the direction of their arts practice.

ArtsHub speaks with three artists at different stages of their careers about what it means to change the direction of an arts practice, whether a distinct style still matters and practical tips on the transition.

‘Drag was never the only thing I do, even when it became the most distinct part of my practice after the 2020 NGV Triennial,’ says Hong Kong-born artist Scotty So. The masked divas in traditional Chinese cheongsam are perhaps how many have come to know So and his works, which often incorporate drag, costumes and live performances.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_