Being a studio assistant has ‘opened up my mind set’

Speaking with artists who have been on both sides of the studio assistant relationship, here what the role entails and how to get the most out of it.

Is being a studio assistant a good gig for aspiring artists? First we need to get the differentiation right.

’A studio technician is somebody you bring to the studio because they’ve got skills that you need. And a studio assistant is somebody you bring to your studio because you want another pair of hands that you will give and build the skills for,’ Dean Colls told ArtsHub.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A 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. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_