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Photo Credit: Ella Sowinska

The Senate in Session: an advocacy workshop with Next Wave’s Government of Artists, facilitated by Esther Anatolitis, photo by Ella Sowinska

May 2019

  • Esther Anatolitis met with City of Ballarat regarding their Creative City Strategy 1 May
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Paul MacPhail, Country Arts WA 1 May
  • NAVA hosted Sydney Salon 2 May
  • Elections opened for one Elected Representative - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Director 3 May
  • Esther Anatolitis presented to students undertaking Masters of Cultural Leadership at NIDA 5 May
  • The 2019 Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists opened for applications 7 May
  • NAVA released its Election Report Card 9 May
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Liz Tomkinson, Nelson Meers Foundation 9 May
  • Bek Conroy facilitated Artist-Run World at 107 Projects 9 May
  • Esther Anatolitis attended the opening of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, Art Gallery of NSW 10 May
  • NAVA welcomed Labor’s policy commitment to artists: fair pay, a living wage and ending“exposure” as a form of payment 11 May
  • Esther Anatolitis published ELECTION 2019: COULD CULTURAL CHANGE BE ONLY DAYS AWAY? Daily Review 13 May
  • Esther Anatolitis quoted by Richard Watts in Labor arts policy welcomed by sector, Arts Hub 13 May
  • NAVA published three full-page ads in The Australian asking voters to consider our cultural future with thanks to the Balnaves Foundation 13, 14 and 16 May
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Peter Seidel, ABL 13 May
  • Esther Anatolitis quoted by Mathew Westwood in Reigniting cultural flame, The Australian 13 May
  • Esther Anatolitis quoted by Sally Blackwood, Liza Lim, Peggy Polias and Bree van Reyk in Opera and the doing of women Arts Hub 13 May
  • Esther Anatolitis and Penelope Benton met with Alexie Glass-Kantor and Michelle Newton 14 May
  • Esther Anatolitis quoted by Angus McPherson in Parties release arts policies ahead of federal election Limelight 15 May
  • Esther Anatolitis quoted by Jolyon Attwooll in Huge cash boost for Bridge Mall approved The Courier 16 May
  • Penelope Benton met with Kathy Freedman 15 May
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Alison Wright, National Gallery of Australia 15 May
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Malcolm Sanders, Regional Arts Victoria 15 May
  • Esther Anatolitis met with the Ballarat Arts Alive committee 15 May
  • Esther Anatolitis addressed the City of Ballarat council re Creative Strategy 15 May
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Joe Toohey, Regional Arts Victoria 15 May
  • Esther Anatolitis quoted by Michaela Boland in As Labor vows to protect artists, it fails to credit the painting on its policy document, ABC News 17 May
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Louise Teggart, Director, Art Gallery of Ballarat 16 May
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Fiona Sweet, Ballarat International Foto Biennale 16 May
  • Esther Anatolitis met with artists affected by the ‘Biennale of Australian Art’ (BOAA) 16 May
  • NAVA supported artists affected by BOAA to release Statement of Expectation 16 May
  • Esther Anatolitis attended Warped Perspectives opening at Craft 16 May
  • Esther Anatolitis quoted by Gina Fairley in Sure, promise me an artist fee - then not pay me Arts Hub 17 May
  • Esther Anatolitis quoted by Ben Eltham in Voodoo dolls and angry artists: Ballarat biennale's 'heartbreaking' trainwreck, The Guardian 17 May
  • Esther Anatolitis facilitated The Senate is in Session as part of Next Wave lab 17 May
  • Penelope Benton met with Michael Dagostino, Campbelltown Arts Centre 17 May
  • Esther Anatolitis and Penelope Benton attended the opening of OK Democracy, we need to talk at Campbelltown Arts Centre 17 May
  • NAVA welcomed the newly elected Australian Government with an initiative to unite the contemporary arts sector around a sustained advocacy focus 20 May
  • NAVA launched its annual Member Survey 21 May
  • NAVA announced this year’s recipients of The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists 22 May
  • Georgia Mokak met with Warali Wali women, Penrith 22 May
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Australian Coalition for Cultural Diversity 22 May
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Magdalena Moreno, Executive Director, International Federation of Arts Councils & Culture Agencies, 22 May
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Rebecca Coates re SAM strategy and City of Shepparton policy 22 May
  • Esther Anatolitis quoted by Tom McIlroy in Mona founder shakes off Labor's shock defeat, Australian Financial review 23 May
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Maud Page, Art Gallery of NSW 23 May
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Liz Tomkinson, Nelson Meers Foundation 23 May
  • Esther Anatolitis and Penelope Benton met with Dick Quan 23 May
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Adrian Collette, Australia Council for the Arts 24 May
  • Esther Anatolitis quoted by Broede Carmody in 'It's time': Arts leaders demand long-term vision from Morrison government SMH 24 May
  • Esther Anatolitis facilitated Art/Life Balance at Movers and Makers, Parramatta Artist Studios 25 May
  • NAVA welcomed new arts minister Paul Fletcher and thanked Mitch Fifield for his service 27 May
  • Esther Anatolitis quoted by Richard Watts in New Minister for the Arts appointed by PM , Arts Hub 27 May
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Adam Portelli, Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) 27 May
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Peter Seidel, Partner, Arnold Bloch Leibler, 27 May
  • NAVA mentioned by Justine Nguyen in National Gallery of Australia Launches Campaign to Redress Gender Imbalance, Limelight 27 May
  • NAVA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) 28 May
  • NAVA welcomes new board members Genevieve Grieves and Wesley Enoch, and thanks departing board members Amala Groom, Peter White and Terry Wu, 29 May
  • Esther Anatolitis and Penelope Benton met with the Windmill Trust Management Committee 29 May
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Gene Sherman and David Congram re SCCI architecture program 29 May
  • Georgia Mokak attended the opening of Burrbgaja Yalirra, Carriageworks 30 May

April 2019

  • Esther Anatolitis interviewed for the City of Ryde Creative Industries Strategy consultation, 1 April   
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Alison Wright, NGA 1 April
  • Esther Anatolitis quoted in Arts sector in need of a hotline to power The Australian 1 April
  • Article written by Esther Anatolitis Budget promises fall empty, report NAVA, was published in Arts Hub 3 April
  • Article written by Esther Anatolitis, Budget 2019: What is Australia's Cultural Policy?, was published in Daily Review 3 April
  • Article written by Esther Anatolitis, Budget back in black — and the white blindfold, was published by Eureka Street 3 April
  • Esther Anatolitis quoted by Tim Boyd and Tom McIlroy in Federal budget 2019 LIVE: Josh Frydenberg launches surplus with only a minor hiccup, AFR 3 April
  • Esther Anatolitis quoted by Richard Watts in What the Arts got from Budget 2019, ArtsHub 3 April
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Hamish Balnaves and Katy Tyrell, 4 April
  • Esther Anatolitis attended the Federal Budget Reply Dinner, 4 April
  • Esther Anatolitis submitted a response the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into The Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health, 5 April
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Prof Joanne Tompkins, Australian Research Council, 5 April
  • Esther Anatolitis attended Celebrating Warmun at 21 at Nancy Server Gallery and met with Nancy Server, Canberra 5 April
  • Esther Anatolitis met with David Broker, Canberra Contemporary Art Space 5 April
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Australia Council CEO Adrian Collette AM 5 April
  • Esther Anatolitis attended the opening of Tom Nicholson Public Monument, ACCA,
  • 5 April
  • Penelope Benton attended the opening of Blak to the Future as part of the Wominjeka Festival 2019 at Footscray Arts Centre 6 April
  • NAVA presented Australian Cultural Policy: The Next Decade with Monash University Masters of Cultural & Creative Industries, State Library of Victoria, 8 April
  • NAVA launched Invest in Artistic Courage campaign video, 8 April
  • Penelope Benton and Holly Morrison met with Dr Marnie Badham and Katya Petetskaya regarding NAVA’s Code of Practice revision, 8 April
  • Esther Anatolitis interviewed on The Arts Show ABC 9 April
  • Georgia Mokak and Bek Conroy attended the media announcement of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, 9 April
  • Esther Anatolitis attended Art and Fashion Hub at SCCI, 9 April
  • Esther Anatolitis interviewed by Nathaniel Keesing on 2SER 10 April
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Kim Jameson, Art On The Move, 11 April
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Sue-Lyn Aldrian-Moyle, Artsource, 11 April
  • Esther Anatolitis interviewed by Sarah Rodigari as part of new work, 12 April
  • Wesley Shaw attended the Clarence Valley Plunge Festival and presented a workshop on best practice, 17 April
  • Esther Anatolitis presented the keynote address to Torrens University graduating design students 17 April
  • Penelope Benton met with Kelly Doley Deputy Director and Karen Hall Exhibitions Manager UNSW Galleries, and Isabella Cornell, the 2019 recipient of The Freedman Foundation UNSW Curatorial Scholarship, 18 April
  • Esther Anatolitis facilitated strategic planning for Diversity Arts Australia, 18 April
  • Penelope Benton attended the opening of Tom Polo I still thought you were looking, Roslyn Oxley 9 Gallery 18 April
  • The NAVA No Nos launched, a new webpage page outlines any awards, prizes, competitions, commissions or callouts which we do not list as opportunities on the NAVA website as there are aspects of the guidelines or terms and conditions which are unfair for artists, 23 April
  • NAVA published Artist File with Damien Shen 27 April
  • Esther Anatolitis attended the RMIT Centre for Art and Social Transformation (CAST) Advisory Group and Research Exchange, 30 April
  • Esther Anatolitis attended Museums & Activism: Slaying the Zombie Myth of Institutional Neutrality, 30 April

March 2019

  • Esther Anatolitis quoted by Sian Johnson, Biennale of Australian Art, described as Ballarat's MONA, leaves massive debt in its wake ABC, 1 March
  • Esther Anatolitis delivered a guest lecture at UNSW Art & Design on Professional Practice, 4 March
  • Esther Anatolitis attended the Australia Council for the Arts Awards Ceremony at Carriageworks, 4 March
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Adrian Collette CEO of the Australia Council for the Arts, 6 March
  • Penelope Benton and Holly Morrison met with Marnie Badham, RMIT CAST 6 March
  • Penelope Benton met with Kate Meyers, UNSW Development, 6 March
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Fiona Menzies, CEO, Creative Partnerships Australia, 7 March
  • NAVA launched Arts Agenda a monthly focus on national issues in Australia’s contemporary arts, 7 March
  • NAVA and Countess Report released Clear Expectations: Guidelines for institutions, galleries and curators working with trans, non-binary and gender diverse artists in Australia written by Spence Messih and Archie Barry, 7 March
  • Esther Anatolitis attended IWD event at Bondi Pavillion, 8 March
  • Penelope Benton met with the Windmill Trust Management Committee 12 March 
  • Penelope Benton met with Samantha Watson-Wood, Sydney Contemporary 12 March
  • Penelope Benton met with Blak Douglas, 12 March
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Colin Walker, Executive Director, Culture and the Arts, WA Government, 12 March
  • NAVA quoted in Best practice guidelines create inclusive spaces for trans, non-binary artists, ArtsHub 12 March
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, 13 March
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Amy Barrett-Lennard, 13 March
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Sharon Flindell, CEO, Writing WA, 13 March
  • Esther Anatolitis presented Artists’ Rights, Artists’ Voice for Artsource, 13 March
  • Esther Anatolitis presented In These Critical Times at PICA, 14 March
  • NAVA Launched its Federal Election campaign, Invest in Artistic Courage, 14 March
  • Esther Anatolitis quoted by Gina Fairley, NAVA responds to persistent NSW political interference, ArtsHub 14 March
  • Penelope Benton attended the MOP Projects book launch, Artspace Ideas Platform 14 March
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Alice Walker, ABC Arts, 18 March
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Dr Ben Eltham, Monash University, 18 March
  • Penelope Benton met with Marnie Badham, Kate MacNeill and Grace McQuilten, RMIT 18 March
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Andrew Walsh, 19 March
  • NAVA and Art Month Sydney hosted Political Confusion: Artistic Courage, a conversation between Tony Albert, Wesley Enoch and Esther Anatolitis at UTS Gallery, 19 March
  • NAVA quoted by Linda Morris, Inspire us: Call to bolster arts funds and axe music laws, SMH 20 March
  • Esther Anatolitis met with Bianca Beetson, 20 March
  • NAVA released NSW Election Report Card, 21 March
  • Esther Anatolitis presented at the Humanities, Arts and Culture Data Summit, ACT 27-29 March


    February 2019

    • Esther Anatolitis presented ‘In these critical times’ at MPavilion, 1 February.
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Tony Grybowski, previous CEO of Australia Council, 3 February.
    • NAVA facilitated a roundtable on the structure for the revised Code of Practice, 6 February.
    • NAVA announced 60% increase in the value of The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists, Art News Portal 6 February.
    • Esther Anatolitis co-facilitated a roundtable on national advocacy priorities with Australian Museums and Galleries Association, 11 February.
    • Penelope Benton met with Lydia Miller, Jo Brown, Peter White and Amala Groom, 11 February.
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Denise Ryan, Arts Adviser to the Arts Minister Mitch Fifield, 12 February. 
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Dr Michelle Evans, 12 February.
    • Esther Anatolitis met with journalist Michaela Boland, 12 February.
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Helen O’Neil, Director of the British Council Australia, 12 February.
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Alex Marsden, Director of Australian Museums and Galleries Association, 12 February.
    • Claudia Roosen attended met with students as part of O Week at UNSW Art & Design, 12 February.
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Stephen Arnott, Director, Ministry for the Arts, 13 February.
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Julie Dyson, Chair of the National Advocates for Arts Education, 13 February. 
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Peter Khalil MP, Federal Member for Wills, 13 February. 
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Warren Snowdon MP, Federal Member for Lingiari, 13 February.
    • NAVA opened a new Artists' Fees & Payments Survey to help benchmark artist payments nationally and update our Fees & Payments Schedule for the benefit of artists and organisations across Australia, 14 February. 
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Maria Vamvakinou MP, Federal Member for Calwell, 14 February. 
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Russell Broadbent MP, Federal Member for McMillan, 14 February.
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Wayne Swan, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, 14 February. 
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Arts Law and the Indigenous Art Code, 14 February.
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Justine van Mourik, Director, Art Collection & Exhibitions, 14 February. 
    • Esther Anatolitis met with George Dunford, Content Director of Arts Hub, 14 February. 
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Ben Eltham, Lecturer in Media and Communications at Monash University, 15 February.
    • Esther Anatolitis attended NSW Labor’s Music Policy launch, 15 February.
    • Esther Anatolitis published Leading contemporary arts bodies unite to develop long-term vision for Australia's arts agenda, 18 February.
    • Esther Anatolitis and Penelope Benton attended Election 2019: Big ideas for the next government by the Grattan NSW at the State Library of NSW, 19 February.
    • Penelope Benton attended the opening of Amy Suo Wu’s Thunderclap at the Artspace Sydney Ideas Platform, 21 February.
    • Esther Anatolitis presented a workshop on the Code of Practice to artists with disabilities, presented by Accessible Arts, 27 February.
    • NAVA co-hosted First Nations visual arts consultation with AAO and RDOs at Casula Powerhouse 27 February.
    • NAVA made submissions to the National Indigenous Arts and Cultural Authority (NIACA) consultation and National Inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces, 28 February.
    • Claudia Roosen met with students at Sydney College of the Arts as part of O Week, 28 February.
    • Esther Anatolitis and Penelope Benton attended the opening of Janet Laurence: After Nature at the MCA Sydney 28 February. 

    January 2019

    • Esther Anatolitis met with Ros Abercrombie, Executive Director of Regional Arts Australia, 9 January.
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Dr Ben Eltham, Cultural & Creative Industries, Monash University, 10 January.
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Joe Toohey, Executive Director of Regional Arts Victoria, 11 January.
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Richard Watts, Presenter of SmartArts on 3RRR Melbourne, 12 January.
    • Esther Anatolitis was interviewed by Angela Stretch on Arts Friday, Eastside Radio 89.7, 17 January.
    • Penelope Benton and Claudia Roosen attended the opening of Just Not Australian at Artspace Sydney, 18 January.
    • Esther Anatolitis published NAVA welcomes NSW Labor’s commitment to fair pay for artists and calls on all parties to announce ambitious and fair policies in Art News Portal, 21 January.
    • Esther Anatolitis quoted in NSW Labor announces arts pledges ahead of state election on Arts Hub 21 January.
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Lynda Roberts, Director, Public Assembly, 21 January.
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Eugenia Lim, Co Artistic Director, Aphids, 22 January.
    • Esther Anatolitis attended The Body as Architecture at MPavilion, 22 January.
    • Penelope Benton and Wesley Shaw met with AACHWA, KU Arts, IACA and the Indigenous Art Code to discuss a collaborative project on 23 January.
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Peter Seidel, partner, Arnold Bloch Leibler, 24 January.
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Dr Marnie Banham RMIT School of Art, 29 January 
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Jane Crawley, Director, Arts Investment, Creative Victoria, 29 January.
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Boonwurrung Elder N’Arwee’t Carolyn Briggs, 30 January.
    • Esther Anatolitis attended 4A In Dialogue: Gender and Art in Asia at Buxton Contemporary, 30 January.
    • Esther Anatolitis met with Alex Marsden, CEO, Museums & Galleries Australia 30 January. 
    • Esther Anatolitis met with John Daley, CEO The Grattan Institute 30 January.
    • Esther Anatolitis attended opening Jam Factory ICON Catherine Truman: No Surface Holds at Craft Victoria 30 January.