Sustainable Creative Careers: Independent vs represented artists

Panel Discussion with James Lieutenant and Annika Romeyn

Keen to exhibit your work and want to know more about the pros and cons of exhibiting with independent and commercial galleries? Join established practicing artists James Lieutenant and Annika Romeyn as they discuss what you might expect in the contemporary art scene and how to navigate some of its challenges.


James Lieutenant is an artist who lives and works on Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country in Canberra, Australia. His artworks are held in numerous public and private collections across Australia, including Artbank and Goulburn Regional Gallery. He graduated from the Australian National University School of Art in 2010, with a Major in Painting, a Minor in Screen Printing and Honours in Photomedia. He has since shown his artwork throughout Australia, including recent solo exhibitions at Bus Projects (VIC), Galerie pompom (NSW) and Canberra Contemporary Art Space. He was awarded the 2013 Linden Postcard Prize by Linden Centre for Contemporary Art (VIC) and was selected for the invitation-only National Artists' Self-Portrait Prize at The University of Queensland Art Museum in 2015. His work has been written about in Art Collector, Art Monthly Australasia and The Art Life.

Annika Romeyn lives and work on Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country in Canberra, Australia. She is represented by Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne. In 2021 Romeyn was awarded the Burnie Print Prize, and in 2020 she won both the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award and the National Works on Paper Award. She has been a finalist in the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award (2021), the McClelland Contemporary Waterolour Award (2021, 2018), the Burnie Print Prize (2021), the Megalo International Print Prize (2020, 2019), the prestigious John Leslie Art Prize (2020, 2018, 2014), the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award (2019), the Commendation Prize for the Banyule Works on Paper Award (2019), the M16 Drawing Prize (2018), and the Gippsland Print Award (2017).

Annika Romeyn’s work has been acquired by Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, ACT Legislative Assembly, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Canberra Museum & Art Gallery, Gippsland Art Gallery, ArtsACT, KPMG, Port Jackson Press, Megalo Print Studio, Print Council of Australia Inc., The State Library of Victoria, Monash University Gippsland, Douro Museum Printmaking Biennial Collection (Portugal), Guangdong Museum of Art (China), and the James E. Lewis Museum (Morgan State University, USA), amongst others.

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