What's it like to be an Artist?
Artists create artworks to express, communicate, challenge and react to ideas or impressions.
Tasks and duties
- Creating two-dimensional or three-dimensional forms to realise and explore ideas.
- Generating artwork based on commissions or briefs by clients, or the artist’s own creative desires.
- Participating in applying for grants and residencies, exhibiting and selling work at galleries, stores, festivals and museums.
An Artist may be a person who creates works in a number of mediums, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, textiles, glasswork or pottery.
Artists are creative individuals, and depending on the field that they work in, they may produce different types of artwork using various mediums.
What can I earn as an Artist?
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How to become an Artist
- Develop a body of work. You can then work as an artist or undertake formal qualifications in visual arts, fine arts, creative arts or design. This may be a course such as a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Entry to these courses usually requires the successful completion of secondary school, an interview and/or submission of a folio of work.
- There are a number of areas of specialisation for artists including painting (fine/visual arts), performance, printmaking, photography and sculpture.
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