How it works....
What is the Incognito Art Show?
The Incognito Art Show is Australia’s biggest and most inclusive art show. At the core of what we do is we raise funds to help support Australian artists.
Incognito is now open for registration for our 2022 show (check out the front page!). Any artist can register whether amatuer, lapsed, emerging or seasoned professional. The more artists who take part, the bigger the show! Registration closes Saturday 14th May.
Once registered, we will send you an Incognito Artist pack by mail. It contains three A5 sized cards for you to produce artwork on (any medium is accepted!). Once completed, return the artworks in the pre-paid return envelopes provided by Friday 27th of May.
Once collected, Incognito will exhibit your artwork online at incognitoartshow.com. Your art will then be sold in-person at our Sydney show in mid June (sale day to be confirmed).
THE TWIST? The identity of all artists will be anonymous when the artwork is exhibited online and when it’s sold in-person.
Only once purchased will the artist’s identity be revealed on the reverse side of the work.
All profits raised will be donated to Studio A, a Sydney based arts company that provides professional development for artists with intellectual disabilities. Find out more about Studio A at studioa.org.au.
Why we started the Incognito Art Show
Because Art matters.
When asked why he didn’t cut funding to the arts in order to support the war effort in World War II, Churchill responded,
“Then what would we be fighting for?”
- (With proper research we now realise this quote has many times been misattributed to Winston Churchill, but we still like it.)
Incognito’s 3 key impact goals are:
- To financially support arts organisations with the donation of profits
- To provide emerging artists the opportunity to become professional artists
- To inspire and develop a new generation of art collectors and supporters
Why is the Incognito Art Show needed?
The arts is an under supported sector of the economy despite;
- 350,000 people are employed in the arts
- 3 x as many as those in aviation and mining
- The arts contributed $17b to the economy in FY18-19
Yet there’s been a 18.9% decline in federal spending since 2007.
COVID-19 exacerbated these problems;
- In Feb ‘21, about 45% of all employees in the arts were in casual roles without access to basic entitlements including holiday, sick leave and superannuation.
- Even with jobkeeper, wages in the sector declined by an average $1,525 a week in November 2019 to $1,464 in November 2020.
- An Incognito survey in 2021 found that 1 in 3 artist’s ability to exhibit was reduced or lost causing financial loss due to the COVID crisis.