Arts Agenda

August 2019

Rethinking the advocacy challenge: what comes after Arts Day on the Hill?

A week in Canberra meeting MPs back-to-back after two days of advocacy workshops proves to be a transformative experience – not just for the artists, but also, for the parliamentarians themselves.

How can artists make a difference?

Image: Arts Day on the Hill participants, Shaun Edwards and Nadeena Dixon. Photo Penelope Benton.

Speeches by parliamentarians to launch Arts Day on the Hill

L-R: Emma Fey, Georgia Mokak, Nadeena Dixon, Claire Armitage, Rebecca Selleck, Paul Fletcher MP, Shaun Edwards, Esther Anatolitis, Mish Grigor, Miranda Johnson, Selena de Carvalho, Penelope Benton. Photo Irene Dowdy.

July 2019

State of the arts: state by state

What does the state of Australia’s arts look like when we go state to state? How do they compare on policy positions and strategic directions that truly set artists at the centre? 

Podcast: Make or Break

Make or Break with their work, Influence Operation, 2019. Image courtesy of Campbelltown Arts Centre. Photo by Document Photography. 

Meet the Arts Day on the Hill artists

Eight artists and arts leaders, one from each state and territory, will lead Arts Day on the Hill on Wednesday 31 July 2019.

June 2019

New questions for new times

Image: Eugenia Lim, ‘ON DEMAND’, 2019. Pedal-powered four-channel video installation. Commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre for ‘OK Democracy, we need to talk’. Photo by Document Photography

Industry development priorities for the new government

NAVA welcomes new arts minister Paul Fletcher and thanks Mitch Fifield for his service.

Podcast: Genevieve Grieves

"There are real dangers in that people are doing the really surface tokenistic work of looking good, and looking like they're meeting the targets and doing the right thing, but are they actually shifting power?

May 2019

Industry spotlight: policy expectations of Australia’s arts experts

Photo by Sarah Walker

Election Report Card: how do the major parties compare?

NAVA’s Election Report Cards offer concise insight into the arts and cultural outlook of the Coalition, Greens and Labor.

Podcast: Dr Bianca Beetson

“We need a national cultural policy that’s grounded in First Nations sovereignty… Cuts to the arts affect the Australian identity.” 

April 2019

NAVA responds to the Federal Budget

NAVA responded with caution and concern for the future Australian culture that the Australian Government’s Budget 2019-2020 has neglected.   

Australian Cultural Policy: The Next Decade

A one-day symposium on the future of Australian culture participants, presented by NAVA and Monash University Masters of Cultural & Creative Industries, 8 April 2019.

Podcast: Political Confusion, Artistic Courage

Tony Albert and Wesley Enoch in conversation with Esther Anatolitis on artists leading the way in identifying Australia’s future directions.

March 2019

State of the arts

Mitch Fifield and Esther Anatolitis at Future/Forward 2018, photo by Zan Wimberley

Research spotlight: artist careers

Nasim Nasr, photo by Anna Kučera

NAVA launches Arts Agenda to connect research, policy and practice

A new monthly focus on national issues in Australia’s contemporary arts.