Seven career lessons from intergenerational artists

Career journeys offer many pathways. A group of artists aged from 26 to 66, share advice on managing the options and the opportunities.

Often, when we consider intergenerational conversations, it is within the framework of a mentorship. But the reality is that, when formalised, mentoring – for both parties – requires a significant time commitment. However, mentoring can also happen organically. A recent panel discussion, ‘BACK AND FORTH: An Intergenerational Conversation at CCAS’, touched on some of those pathways for sharing knowledge, how creating relationships with more experienced artists can offer a focus and whether it’s still necessary to go to art school.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina