The peak body protecting and promoting the Australian visual arts sector

National Visual Arts Agenda

In December 2013, NAVA launched its National Visual Arts Agenda outlining a 30 year vision which would see artists play a central role in all aspects of Australian life and help transform Australia into a truly great art nation.

​The National Visual Arts Agenda

Das Platforms interview with National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)'s, executive director Tamara Winikoff on the 30-year National Visual Arts Agenda.

What is the Agenda?

NAVA's Vision

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Dame Quentin Bryce, AC CVO. Photo by Jennifer Brankin, Polixenni Photography, 2013

The National Visual Arts Agenda is drawn from NAVA’s long years of consultation, policy development and advocacy on behalf of the sector.

It deals with three key objectives:

1. Art and artists are highly valued by key decision makers and the public for their contribution to all aspects of Australian cultural, social and economic well-being.

2. Professional artists have sustainable careers through the provision of excellent education and training, financial support, expanded professional opportunities in all aspects of public and private life and the upholding of their rights.

3. Australia has strong national and international arts infrastructure of public and private presenting and service organisations which facilitates a healthy and interconnected arts ecology around the country, supporting the work of artists and bringing their work to audiences, participants and buyers.

The Launch

On December 11 2013, at Parliament House in Canberra, NAVA launched a National Visual Arts Agenda to start its 30th anniversary celebrations. The event was attended by the then Governor General Her Excellency Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO and Mr Bryce, federal arts politicians including The Hon. Senator George Brandis QC, the Hon. Mark Dreyfus QC and the Hon. Senator Christine Milne, from the 3 major parties and distinguished guests from various parts of the industry including prominent Australian artist representatives Tony Albert, Lindy Lee, Nell, Sally Smart and Craig Walsh.

The Event

Speeches

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Photo by Jennifer Brankin, Polixenni Photography, 2013.

The gathering was addressed by the Arts Minister, George Brandis who commended NAVA on its invaluable contribution to the health of the visual arts in Australia.

In Sally Smart’s address, she spoke about her experience as an artist and her great appreciation of NAVA’s role as the voice of the sector, in particular advocating on behalf of all visual artists across Australia.

Finally NAVA’s Executive Director, Tamara Winikoff launched the National Visual Arts Agenda by drawing out 10 key points which would help transform Australia into a truly great art nation.

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L-R: Simeon Beckett and Barry Keldoulis

Photo by Jennifer Brankin, Polixenni Photography, 2013.

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Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO with NAVA's Board and Artists

Photo by Jennifer Brankin, Polixenni Photography, 2013.

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The Hon. Senator George Brandis QC, Minister for the Arts

Photo by Jennifer Brankin, Polixenni Photography, 2013.

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L-R: Tony Albert, Tamara Winikoff and the Hon. Christine Milne at the National Visual Arts Agenda Launch

Photo by Jennifer Brankin, Polixenni Photography, 2013.

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NAVA's Board and Staff with participating artists Tony Albert, Lindy Lee, Nell, Sally Smart and Craig Walsh.

Photo by Jennifer Brankin, Polixenni Photography, 2013.