Based in: Tharawal/Wollongong, Australia

Carrie Miller is a freelance writer and occasional curator who has been contributing to Art Collector for 15 years. She has been an opinion columnist for national publications such as The Punch, New Matilda, and The Spectator Australia and her curatorial projects include Transmission at Campbelltown Arts Centre and Exhibit A at The Lock Up, Newcastle.

Miller also works as a lived experience advocate for various mental health and suicide prevention reform initiatives both nationally and in the Illawarra Shoalhaven region where she lives. In 2021 she will curate There’s a crack in everything, a group exhibition that pairs contemporary artists with people with a lived experience of trauma in order to explore the possibilities of creativity for recovery.

She holds a BA (Fine Arts and Philosophy) and a First Class Honours degree in Philosophy from the University of Sydney.


Cultural Capital: You Know Who You Are

The art world snobs we know and love(?)...

Curator’s Radar: Megan Cope

The critical significance of Cope’s practice, both to contemporary art and to the broader culture, is undeniable; its conceptual currency in the present climate of reactionary nationalistic sentiment cannot be underestimated.

Money Sullies Art: Influencer or Master?

There’s a remaining romantic notion of artists that would have them properly shunning self-promotion. But increasingly, artists are turning to social media channels to sell their work, and collectors are getting comfortable with that.

Cultural Capital: The Reasons You Buy Art

The arguments to whip out at your next dinner party as to why you dropped 20k on that new piece in the sunroom.

Money Sullies Art: Starving for Success

Unpacking the romantic idea that people born into wealth can’t ever become real artists.

Cultural Capital: Rules of Engagement

How (not) to talk to an artist about their work.

Cultural Capital: And Then I Realised…

Getting to the place where you’re on good terms with contemporary art involved a journey sometimes you forget you took. The stopovers along the way were a series of realisations. Let’s revisit them.

Money Sullies Art: Starving artists

In this expanded Money Sullies Art, we address the cultural expectations that frame the economic plight of artists today.

With All Due Respect: Misery Money

How dependent are our art institutions on donations motivated by a desire to restore tarnished reputations?

Cultural Capital: (Men) Behaving badly

Now that artists can’t cash in on their amoral behaviour, the question becomes: what cultural capital do they need for us to invest in them?

Cultural Capital: For better or worse

What are the obligations of a committed dealer to their artists?

Cultural Capital: The art world smoke and mirrors revealed

Our writers reveal the smoke and mirrors of the art world.

Sarah Contos: The Spellbinder

Beauty in trauma, magic in dirt… to understand the work of Sarah Contos is to understand how uncomfortably comfortable she is with life’s endless contradictions.

Money Sullies Art: Cashed-up and Collecting

A recent study reveals millennials are the most likely group to spend $1 million plus on an artwork. Is contemporary art the new Louis Vuitton?

Cultural Capital: Talking about your collection

How to not sound like a pompous p**** when talking about the artists in your collection.

Behind the Scenes: Social Snobs

Will social media herald the end of the art world as we know it?

Justine Varga: Camera Observa

A photographer without a camera, Justine Varga opens up the conceptual and material possibilities of what a picture can be.

Money Sullies Art: One less ear

Is the widely held view that art should never be produced with the market in mind a luxury of the privileged?

Cultural Capital: What’s it really like to be a VIP in the art world?

From first dibs to fancy dinners, Andrew Frost and Carrie Miller discuss what it’s like to reach uber-collector status in the art world.

With All Due Respect: Do we need an art world #metoo moment?

In this first installment of a regular feature in which we aim to speak truth to power, we start the conversation on the necessity of an Australian and New Zealand art world #metoo movement.

Sheer Fantasy: Standout Shows

Sheer Fantasy was less a series of artworks and more a complex set of immersive psychological spaces that the audience was forced to navigate both externally and internally.

Money Sullies Art: Sovereignty Guaranteed

Is it possible for artists to undertake public or private commissions and keep their integrity intact?

Cultural Capital: Why do people collect? Part 2

To contribute to general knowledge? Or your own general ego? In the second of this three-part series, Carrie Miller and Andrew Frost explore some more of the reasons people collect art.

Cultural Capital: Why Do People Collect? Part 1

Is it a quest for immortality? Or a quest to match your couch? In the first of this three- part series, Andrew Frost and Carrie Miller discuss some of the reasons people collect art.

Cultural Capital: Curators, or my childhood was stolen from me and judged harshly

Andrew Frost and Carrie Miller discuss artist/curators, the most elusive of arts professionals.
Dani Marti

Dani Marti: Portraits in Motion

Spanish-Australian artist Dani Marti weaves a delicate, biographical thread through all of his works.

Cool Hunter Predictions: Kenny Pittock

Possibly the coolest uncool person currently working in Australia, Kenny Pittock takes a playful view of contemporary culture.
Liam Benson

Liam Benson: Everyone We Know

Liam Benson’s work unpacks cultural, queer and gender identities through direct and deeply personal engagement with communities.

Adam Norton: The scientist

In both method and subject matter, Adam Norton brings a scientific approach to his art, probing the essential humanness in our capacity for scientific progress.

Anna Kristensen: Push and Pull

When Carrie Miller visited Anna Kristensen’s studio she found an artist deep in a push and pull with definitions of painting. It’s a struggle that always seems to return to the viewer.

Joyce Hinterding: An Invisible Matter

Joyce Hinterding attempts to make visible the elemental forces that are invisible in everyday life and in doing so, writes Carrie Miller, she broadens our understanding of what reality might be.

Money Sullies Art: Your Career is Calling

What happens to the art when artists concern themselves with their career as well as their practice?