So you want my arts job: Studio Assistant

Balancing her own practice as a painter, Mirra Whale is studio assistant to Ben Quilty. How does that work? She speaks with ArtsHub.
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Mirra Whale is a painter – a still life painter. She is also a sessional teacher at the National Art School, one of Australia leading art schools. And, recently, she became a new mum. This alone can be a juggle for any professional artist. However, Whale has another string to her bow. For many years, she has been Studio Assistant to the internationally celebrated Australian artist, Ben Quilty.

ArtsHub caught up with Whale to find out exactly what that entails, and how to balance your own practice when you are an assistant to another artist.

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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