Thespian Traumas: Aussie Artists Struggling to Make Ends Meet
Australia’s performing artists sacrifice a lot to bring us theatre and culture. Compared to other workers, they’re more likely to be poorer, have worse mental health and have an overall shorter lifespan.
Artists on average have a maximum of under sixty thousand dollars in superannuation, and many believe their savings will not suffice to survive retirement. How have we failed our artists so severely?
Dr Mark Williams, an adjunct professor in the School of Art at RMIT university who has released a Platform Paper addressing the subject, spoke with Sam Baran.