Past event

31 March 2022

(Artist) Life School: Tax for creatives, with Margot van de Water

Image: Mark Schroder, SILVERCITY (install detail), 2020. Photo: Michelle Wang.

Image: Mark Schroder, SILVERCITY (install detail), 2020. Photo: Michelle Wang.

Design: Annamieke Montagne

Design: Annamieke Montagne

31 March 2022. Free entry.

Thursday 31 March, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue: Tūranga Library, Spark Place


With the end of another tax year approaching some of us are probably asking, what does that even mean? It’s not hard to be intimidated by taxes looming: it feels like a topic we’re supposed to know about, but for most of us this is a subject that we haven’t been formally taught. This session is about freeing us from the anxiety often associated with taxes, providing clarity, and answering questions relevant to tax and creative practice. Margot van de Water will be leading the discussion, sharing her insights on the wide world of taxes, with a focus on what creatives should know in relation to their careers within the art world. 

(Artist) Life School is a series developed by Audrey Baldwin for The Physics Room. It brings together contemporary artists to further develop professional skills, and sets out to answer the curly questions around maintaining a practice out in the world. Ideal for recent graduates and emerging artists, each workshop hosts an industry professional to discuss the realities of making, resourcing, and showing your work. This is the fourth in the (Artist) Life School series.

Bring your notebook, refreshments will be supplied. This event will be audio recorded, and subsequently posted on our website.

Margot van de Water is a Chartered Accountant with a breadth of experience in finance and business advisory services across organisations in charity, social enterprise, and for-profit environments. She sits on the Board of Trustees for The Physics Room and is an advisory board member for Wā Collective. Margot is also an actor, graduating from NASDA in 2014, and now works in theatre projects in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington.

This event is supported by Christchurch City Council / Toi Ōtautahi. Further free workshops will be offered in the coming months, please see for details.

Free Downloads:
Notes from (Artist) Life School: Tax for Creatives (pdf) Slides from (Artist) Life School: Tax for Creatives (pdf)