About NAVA

Since 1983, the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) has been an influential advocate for the Australian visual arts, craft and design sector.

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

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

Photo Zan Wimberley.

Acknowledgement of Country

NAVA acknowledges the Gadigal, Wangal, Dharug, Dharawal, Kaurna, Ngunnawal, Ngambri and Dja Dja Wurrung peoples as the Traditional Custodians and knowledge-holders of the unceded lands on which we live, learn and work. 

The NAVA community is based across hundreds of sovereign nations and unceded lands throughout the continent that has become colonially known as Australia. NAVA pays our deepest respects to all Custodians of Country to whom these lands belong.

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first artists and storytellers on this continent, and pay respect to First Nations communities' Ancestors and Elders. Sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.


NAVA is a Membership organisation which brings together the many voices of the contemporary arts sector to improve fundamental conditions of work and practice. We do this through advocacy, education and the Code of Practice.


The visual arts are vital, sustainable and ethical.

Reconciliation Action Plan

NAVA's first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for January 2023 – January 2024 affirms NAVA’s commitment to listen, learn, and build ongoing reciprocal relationships with First Nations artists, arts workers, and organisations.

NAVA Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2023-2024

Accessible PDF by KC & the Graphics Bandwagon

Strategic Action Plan

NAVA's Strategic Action Plan 2023-2025 outlines how NAVA will engage Members more deeply in our advocacy work and support the uptake of good practices across the sector through broad adoption of the Code. 

NAVA Action Plan 2023 - 2025

Accessible PDF designed by KC & the Graphics Bandwagon


Join NAVA to support your own professional development and a bold national voice for the visual arts, craft and design community at the same time. The more of us there are, the more ambitious we can be.

Membership offers a range of professional services, resources, programs and benefits designed to help organisations sustain good practice and help artists build successful careers.

NAVA offers three affordable Membership packages:

  • NAVA Premium Plus: comes with 6 types of insurance including Public Liability and Products Liability
  • NAVA Premium: perfect for artists, arts workers, art educators and art supporters, pay annually or monthly
  • NAVA Organisation: three logins for your staff.

Please make a donation to support NAVA’s vital work protecting and promoting the professional interests of the Australian visual, craft and design sector.

NAVA is a tax-deductible fund listed on the Australian Government's Register of Cultural Organisations maintained under Subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible.

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.

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. 

This means that the NAVA office is closed on Fridays, you can send us email or leave a message on our answering machine and we will get back to you on Monday.

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

Contact Us

Email nava@visualarts.net.au

Freecall within Australia between 9 - 10am and 2 - 4pm AEST Monday to Thursday
18000 4 NAVA (18000 4 6282)

Phone between 9 - 10am and 2 - 4pm AEST Monday to Thursday
+612 9368 1900

Postal Address PO Box 60 Potts Point 1335 NSW Australia

Facebook /NAVA.VisualArt/

Instagram @nava_visualarts

Twitter @NAVAvisualarts