The peak body protecting and promoting the Australian visual arts sector

About NAVA

The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) is the national peak body protecting and promoting the professional interests of the Australian visual and media arts, craft and design sector.

Photo by Zan Wimberley

Richard Bell addresses the press at NAVA's Future/Forward, 15 August 2018 at Parliament House. 

Photo Zan Wimberley.

Acknowledgement of Country

The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) acknowledges the Gadigal peoples of the Eora Nation and all Custodians of Country throughout all lands, waters and territories. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present and future.


Artistic courage ignites Australian culture. 


We champion the artists, lead the discussions and advocate the policies that strengthen Australia’s contemporary arts.

Our key strategic focus across the next three years is to advocate the ethics, negotiate the partnerships and secure the commitments that make the NAVA Code of Practice the enforceable standard across the contemporary arts industry.

Since 1983, NAVA has been a potent advocate for the Australian visual arts sector.


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.

Annual Reports

To access NAVA's Annual Reports, follow the link below.

Articles of Association

NAVA is a Company Limited by Guarantee.


Staff, Board, Partners and Donors

Follow the links below for details.

The Gunnery, Woolloomooloo
The Gunnery, NAVA's home base, Woolloomooloo, NSW

Quiet Fridays

Working nine to five might be a great way to make a living, but it’s not the only way – and at NAVA, our way is a little different. 

Quiet Fridays allow full-time staff to work those hours across four extended days, devoting the fifth day to our creative practice. 

It may be that you’ve been observing Quiet Fridays, too? We’ve noticed for a while now that our phones ring a lot less on a Friday, and so we know that this arrangement will work well. 

This means that the NAVA office is closed on Fridays to all but urgent queries. While we won’t be answering the phone, we'll check our emails for messages from Members who really need us right now. 

NAVA’s Executive Director, Esther Anatolitis, has given a lot of thought to reflective practice in the context of work-life balance, and she’s tried this before. At Regional Arts Victoria, Quiet Fridays became policy for all staff, including the regionally-based Creative Arts Facilitators. At Melbourne Fringe, staff were granted an additional week’s leave and the office was shut down for five weeks over the summer, in recognition of the intense peaks of festival work. 

NAVA encourages all organisations to consider the working hours and days that are most conducive to their purpose and their values.

Contact Us


Freecall within Australia 18000 4 NAVA (18000 4 6282)

Phone +612 9368 1900

Postal Address PO Box 60 Potts Point 1335 NSW Australia

Street Address Level 1 The Gunnery 43-51 Cowper Wharf Roadway Woolloomooloo NSW 2011

Facebook /NAVA.VisualArt/

Instagram @nava_visualarts

Twitter @NAVAvisualarts