NAVA's Membership program makes important commitments to the artists who founded and who sustain our organisation. We offer programs that will:

  • Amplify your voice
  • Develop your practice
  • Strengthen your sector.

Amplify your voice

Advocacy & Campaigns

Fighting for Fair

NAVA is actively involved in a number of areas of advocacy to improve the working environment for artists and arts organisations. We regularly undertake active campaigns to bring about change or pioneer new policies for the sector and encourage input and participation from our members.

Artist Files

Gordon Hookey in his studio, photo by Thomas Oliver

Gordon Hookey, photo by Thomas Oliver

The Artist Files are an ever-growing collection of interviews with our professional members. Find out what inspires them, how their careers have developed and learn from their experiences.

Voting Rights

Polling Station


NAVA is a membership organisation, as a member you have the right to vote at our Annual General Meeting as well as nominating for and electing members of our board.

Develop your practice


Trolley carrying colourful boxes

Premium Plus membership offers you 6 types of heavily discounted insurance.



Members can browse through, or post their own notices for upcoming exhibitions and events, as well as funding and job opportunities from around Australia and internationally

NAVA Grants

​Roberta Rich with her work 192 Denials in ‘78, Amendment Denial Act and Coloured™, 2016.

Roberta Rich with her work 192 Denials in ‘78Amendment Denial Act and Coloured, 2016. Framed serigraphs on paper. Photo by Zelé Angelides.

NAVA administers a range of grants and scholarships to support and develop the work of visual arts, craft and design practitioners and curators.


Rowena Grace in her studio

Access our online resources including factsheets, template and checklists covering a range of topics such as grant writing, taxation, business skills, promoting your work, copyright and more.

Professional Development

NAVA professional development workshop

Photo by Thomas Oliver

NAVA has a yearly program of events, programs and resources for professional development for artists. The program includes community building, skills development and insights into professional practice.

Advice & Guidance

Question mark

Have a question that you can’t find the answer to? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions or use the Search tool at the top right of our website. If you still can't find what you're looking for, email us on or call 1800 046 282 (18000 4 NAVA). We can also provide referrals or support for members experiencing disputes. We are not able to provide legal advice or legal representation.

Strengthen your sector

Code of Practice

Code of Practice 2011

A comprehensive guide to best practice standards for artists’ fees, gallery representation, residencies, tax, insurance and artists’ rights.


Membership card

NAVA Members receive discounts with a range of organisations across the sector such as:

o   Discounted entry to paying exhibitions at major galleries around Australia

o   A 10% discount at Eckersley’s Art and Craft stores

o   Discounted subscriptions to Artlink and Eyeline magazines

o   Discounts on NAVA Online Courses and merchandise

o   Other giveaways and offers such as movie tickets and tickets to arts events.



Stay connected with NAVA monthly e-newsletter, linking you to everything we’ve been working on and what’s happening in contemporary arts around Australia.


Three tiers of Membership

Wendy Sharpe, photo by Michael Amendolia

Wendy Sharpe, photo by Michael Amendolia

  • NAVA Premium Plus (includes insurance for professional practitioners)
  • NAVA Premium (for artists and art lovers, pay annually or monthly)
  • NAVA Organisation (3 logins for your staff)