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.


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

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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, 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