Status of the artist in Nepal
Artists enjoy respect in the society because they have played very important role in the set up of the urban space for millennia. The architectural forms, housing, sculptural works have been carried out for the same purpose. The painters and musicians have their spaces in the society. But while artists are often well considered, their working conditions are not necessarily very favourable.
In Nepal, the artists may normally combine a permanent post as artist with another job unless a specific contract states the contrary. Artists do teaching as their main vocation. Some work in the bureaucracy as administrative officers.
The Academy and private galleries offer also small jobs. But invariably, except those with particular skills, artists do other jobs.
Source: Nepal Centre of the International Theatre Institute, December 2004.
Read the document on the social status of performing artists in Nepal (PDF)