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This report is the Australia Council’s summary of, and response to Making Art Work: An Economic Study of Professional Artists in Australia by Professor David Throsby and Katya Petetskaya, Department of Economics, Macquarie University.

The results of Making Art Work are based on responses from 826 Australian professional artists surveyed during late 2016 and early 2017. The report highlights a number of issues and questions about current and future working conditions for artists. The questions posed include:

Can artists earn a living from creative work?

How is global and technological change impacting Australian artists and their work?

How are artists’ skills and capabilities aligned with future workforce needs?

What’s needed to ensure artists can continue to create art?

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