Artist Incomes

Artists spend 22 hours a week on their principal creative practice – and many would prefer to spend more

According to estimates by Throsby and Zednik, the average practicing professional artist spent over half their time on creative work (53 percent), a further 28 percent on arts related work and 20 percent of their time on non-arts work in 2007-08.

Around 20 percent of artists spent over half their time working on their principal creative practice, and 12 percent of artists spent all of their time working on it. Of the 45 percent that also spent time on non-arts work, two thirds would prefer to spend more time on arts work.

The average artist works around 41 hours a week. They spend 22 hours a week working on creative work in their principal creative practice, 4 hours on creative work outside their principal creative practice, 7 hours working in another paid occupation related to the arts, and 8 hours on paid work not connected with the arts.