What’s changed for artists’ incomes? Throsby-led research paints harsh view

Findings from Creative Australia’s latest six-yearly demographic research into the working lives of artists reveals some concerning trends.
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Since 1983, Creative Australia has commissioned six-yearly studies of Australian artists at work. This research has been a hugely important source of data for the arts sector, and is one of the only sources of targeted information tracking the livelihoods of artists in Australia over time.

Unfortunately, the latest study’s results – based on 2023 data, and released on 7 May 2024 – paint a sad view of the earning capacities of artists in this country currently, and show that not a great deal has changed for artists’ incomes since the research project started all those years ago.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).