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 Campbell Henderson
Photo by Campbell Henderson

Acknowledgement of Country

The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia. We pay our respects to them, their heritage and cultures; and to elders both past and present.

Annual Reports

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

Articles of Association

NAVA is a Company Limited by Guarantee.


Goal 1 - VOICE

Effectively advocate for the interests of the sector and provide research and informed policy advice to key decision makers. Lead critical debate and discussion to build an active, strong and resilient sector.

Goal 2 - RESPECT

Set and monitor best practice standards for the industry. Raise the profile and acknowledgement of the value of art and artists in Australia, and the infrastructure that supports them.

Goal 3 - AGENCY

Through providing high quality resources and a benchmark professional development program, build the skills, knowledge sharing and entrepreneurial capacity of practitioners and the sustainability of their careers.


Secure sufficient resources and ensure good management for NAVA to optimise its capacity and achieve sustainability.

NB: Where the term ‘visual arts’ has been used, this is taken to mean all forms of visual expression.

Key Achievements

NAVA undertakes advocacy on behalf of the sector and sets and monitors adherence to best practice standards. Since the organisation’s establishment in 1983, it has been successful in securing policy and legislative change to encourage the growth and development of the sector and to increase professionalism within the industry. NAVA also provides direct service to its members and the sector generally by offering industry advice, referrals, resources, professional representation and development, grant programs, education training courses and events, and a range of other opportunity brokerage and career development services.

2017 Program

In 2017, NAVA will deliver representation and advocacy, best practice standards and professional services for artists and the Australian visual arts sector. It will seek to ensure its own sustainability by raising funds to compensate for the loss of its Australia Council operational funding.


Staff, Board, Partners and Donors

Follow the links below for details.

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

Contact Us

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

Postal Address PO Box 60 Potts Point 1335 NSW Australia

Phone +612 9368 1900