For most, the road to success is a long journey and no truer words have ever been said about people who work in the arts. No matter the discipline, following a creative path and putting oneself out there on the public stage takes guts and determination as well as passion, resilience and sacrifice. It takes aspirational thinking and long-term commitment, as well as an army of supporters, to keep a successful practice alive—and there are many ups and downs.

Artists have to be prepared to weather just about every storm that comes their way. Whether the challenge is political, social, environmental, economic, or a pandemic, artists are often the best placed to respond while also being the most vulnerable members of our community.

With a nod to fellow creatives working in the performing arts — the sector arguably most affected by the pandemic — our latest virtual offering acknowledges the importance of staying committed and focused on the long game as a crucial road map to success. The artists featured have enduring and rewarding careers in the arts, and we celebrate their longevity and dedication to their creative practice.

Artists include Alvaro Alvarez, Dorothy Berry, Monica Burns, Valerio Ciccone, Alan Constable, Patrick Francis, Bronwyn Hack, Paul Hodges, Adrian Lazzaro, Fiona Longhurst, Chris Mason, Lisa Reid and Cathy Staughton.

Walk through the exhibition via entering a virtual room, scrolling the slideshow below or downloading The Long Game Catalogue (this link redirects to a PDF).


Mapping Our Own Future is a weekly series of solo and group virtual exhibitions curated from our stockroom. An extension of our gallery to a virtual space, the series offers a place to connect with our artists while at home. Visit other virtual exhibitions here.

Produced by Arts Project Australia curator & gallery manager Sim Luttin.