Competitive terrain for arts graduates

How can aspiring artists and arts workers navigate an increasingly competitive career pathway post-COVID?

While the Great Resignation looms over the global workforce, careers in Australia’s visual arts are going against the grain – jobs are incredibly competitive and there is hyper-activity around grants and exhibition callouts.

NAVA’s Co-Director Penelope Benton told ArtsHub: ‘Across the visual arts, job applications, grant applications and responses to exhibition call-outs have been greater throughout the last 12 months than in previous years. Applications have also been especially high calibre, making selections even more competitive.’ 

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Celina Lei is an Arts Writer at ArtsHub. She recently acquired her masters 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. Prior to joining ArtsHub, she was an editorial assistant at the Hong Kong based ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is an art host on independent Instagram platform Club Ambroise. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne, Victoria. Instagram: lleizy_

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