Are NFT’s right for me?

How to navigate the new market for digital art


Join APA’s first round table conversation Are NFT’s right for me? facilitated as part of Arts Project Australia’s 2021/22 Where the Art Is public program initiative.

The emergence of NFT online marketplaces has created a new market for digital art. In the past few months, the NFT craze has reached fever pitch with some jaw-dropping sale prices. But how are artists navigating this rapidly changing landscape? This workshop will cover the opportunities that NFT online marketplaces offer to artists, and introduce the key NFT platforms and their approaches to inclusivity and support. Along with hearing first-hand accounts from artists in this space, the workshop will also cover some of the legal issues that artists should be aware of when minting and selling NFTs.

Facilitated by Alana Kushnir director and founder of GuestWork Agency in conversation with panellists Mikaela Stafford, artist, Stay Soft Studio, Joey Balliro, artist, Arts Project Australia.

This event will be presented in partnership with Guest Work Agency at Arts Project Australia in Collingwood Yards to a limited audience with Auslan interpretation.

COVID-SAFE information: In line with State Government restrictions, face masks will need to be worn indoors, capacity limits apply.

Registration here — places limited to 15 people and the event will be recorded.


GuestWork Agency® is an art law and advisory firm that provides innovative legal solutions for the art industry. We proudly represent clients based in Australia and internationally, including the select clients listed here. Guest Work Agency is also a curatorial practice, initiating and collaborating on projects, exhibitions and writing at the intersection of art, technology and the law. A selection of our ongoing and past projects are available to view here. In 2019 Guest Work Agency founded the Guest Club, a subscription-based art advisory service and membership network for art lovers and collectors. Upcoming events and membership benefits are available to view here.

Mikaela Stafford is a motion graphics artist exploring themes of duplexity, abundance and joy aiming to depict the opportunities and challenges of a cyber-physical future. Integrating traditional methods of photography, sculpture and lighting design into her digitally rendered 3D animation and installation practice, she creates vibrant and playful work. With a background in stage design and painting, Stafford is particularly interested in the intersection between physical and virtual worlds. Marrying familiar organic forms with imagined environments, her digitally rendered series create scenes without limits. This newly found freedom has enabled her to collaborate with an eclectic variety of designers, sound and performance artists to make reality all the more bizarre through digital interventions.

Joey Balliro is an emerging artist working in digital media. A devotee of gaming, he is a digital native and uses Twitch streaming, artstation.com, Apple product releases and general online culture to inform his work. A figurative and narrative-based artist, he renders his heroes in such a way that they fit within an edgy urban context. Utilising new technologies, including NFTs, to support his digital practice, Balliro uses digital drawing as a means to position himself within online communities, forums and digital aesthetics. Balliro joined Arts Project Australia in 2020 and participated in his first group exhibition with Arts Project that same year.

Image credit: Joel Balliro

Are NFT’s right for me?


1 July, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Arts Project Australia


Collingwood Yards
35 Johnston Street
Collingwood, Victoria Australia
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Collingwood Yards
35 Johnston Street
Collingwood, Victoria Australia
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