Why the Great Resignation is an opportunity, not a loss

The aura around an arts job is fading, the sector needs to take the hint.

People moving out of jobs on a global scale might sound like the doomsday of economic recovery, but many are actually finding new opportunities among the disruption. What does this mean for the arts sector and how will it affect an already precarious workforce?

According to the National Director of Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMAGA) Katie Russell, ‘the Great Resignation could mean two things: it could mean people will move out of the arts to seek employment opportunities that are more viable beyond the arts, particularly at the leadership level; or there is structural change which requires disruption to manifest.‘

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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 and was most recently engaged in consultation for the Emerging Writers’ Festival and ArtsGen. Instagram @lleizy_