The peak body protecting and promoting the Australian visual arts sector

Ambitious and Fair

Artists who are valued and respected can sustain the ambitious, adventurous careers that create the Australian culture. 

Esther Anatolitis speaking at Future/Forward

Esther Anatolitis presenting NAVA's Strategic Plan at NAVA's Future/Forward 2018. Photo Zan Wimberley.

Artistic Courage

Tony Albert, David C Collins and Kieran Smythe-Jackson  Warakurna Superheroes #5 2017, archival pigment print on paper, 100 x 150cm

Tony Albert, David C Collins and Kieran Smythe-Jackson, Warakurna Superheroes #5 2017 (detail), archival pigment print on paper, 100 x 150cm

Art is powerful, challenging and inspirational – and yet, Australia’s artists work under increasingly precarious conditions, and their rights are increasingly under threat. 

NAVA’s vision is that artistic courage ignites Australian culture. 

We work hard to achieve recognition and respect for artists – for their practice, for their work and for their rights. We do this because the voice of the artist offers Australia a deep perspective on the past, a vital perspective on today, and a compelling perspective on the future. We believe that the contemporary arts offer rigorous, ethical and valuable approaches to rethinking our personal, social, environmental and political priorities. Artists who are valued and respected can sustain the ambitious, adventurous careers that create the Australian culture. 

This is our focus.

Code of Practice

Survey

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NAVA's Code of Practice is both a record and a benchmark of best practice across the Australian visual arts including legal, ethical and financial business practices, as well as thorough arts industry guidelines.
NAVA is currently undertaking a major revision and rewrite of the Code, working with academic, legal and industry partners as well as consulting widely all over Australia. 
So that we can best frame this work, this survey asks for your feedback on what's in the Code, how you use it and how it could be more useful. 

Consultations

Public Art

Michaelie Crawford addressing NAVA's Public Art Roundtable, Sydney 2018. Photo Tanja Bruckner.

NAVA has begun a series of consultations to responsibly inform our rewrite of the NAVA Code of Practice, starting with the chapter on public art. NAVA recognises the importance of leading this work in collaboration with the full range of interested parties, ensuring that government and commissioning bodies have the best frameworks for trusting and supporting the vision of the artist. And that artists are better equipped to seek the right kind of help.

Fair Pay for Artists

Fees, Tax and Superannuation

Fair Pay for Artists

Photo: Tanja Bruckner, 2017

Based on the evidence revealed by NAVA's 2016 survey of art industry practices around the country, NAVA renewed its campaign to gain recognition of a group of rights for artists and other art professionals in 2017.