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An economic study of professional artists in Australia (‘the artist survey’).

This is the fifth in a series of studies commissioned by the Australia Council and conducted independently by Professor David Throsby from Macquarie University.  This report was co-authored by Anita Zednik.

This is study profiles the careers of practicing professional artists across all major art forms (except film).  It is based on interviews with 1,030 practicing professional artists conducted in Oct/Dec 2009.

The report includes analysis of:

  • The artist population
  • Training and education
  • Career progression
  • Artistic achievements
  • Patterns of working time
  • Income and expenditure
  • Employment and social security
  • Professional practice issues
  • Usage of new technologies
  • Longer term trends.
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