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Loud and Luminous Symposium

The Loud and Luminous project is a celebration of Australian Women Photographers held in conjunction with International Women's Day 2018. 

Katherine Hattam

Katherine Hattam’s work encompasses themes of feminism, domesticity, time, autobiography and psychoanalysis. Her works combine a dual representation of the public and private spheres; they are locations for the intersection of memory, space and autobiography, littered with the objects and influences that have shaped her.

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Director of UNSW Galleries

The Faculty of Art and Design is seeking to appoint a Director of UNSW Galleries to lead, develop and manage the artistic programs and operations of UNSW Galleries.

    Q&A with the Artists' Committee

    The Artists’ Committee is an informal association of artists and arts workers that makes collaborative public work around the intersection of money, ethics and culture.

    Industry News

    Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, January / February 2018.

    Gordon Hookey

    Gordon Hookey was born in Cloncurry, Queensland and is a descendent of the Waanyi people. His politically charged work is instantly recognisable, using iconic symbols and bold comic-like characters in a vibrant palette of colours.

    NAVA Communications Strategy Coordinator

    Apply your communications strategy and media nous in this new role and propel contemporary arts onto the national agenda. This is a rare opportunity to be both hands-on and strategic, working closely with a small team for big impact on arts policy, creative practice and artists’ rights.

    Torika Bolatagici

    Torika Bolatagici is a Fijian-Australian multidisciplinary artist and academic currently based in Melbourne.

    NAVA's 2017 Visual Arts Fellowship and Australian Artists' Grant recipients announced

    Image: Sarah Goffman, 'Excess' 2007. Found fabric, sewing machine, table installation view.

    Fair Pay for Artists: campaign update

    Progress report on developments in NAVA's Fair Pay for Artists campaign.

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    Street Art: Getting Started

    Van T Rudd introduces the basics for getting started as a professional street artist.

    Tom Polo

    Western Sydney based artist working with painting to explore the performative relationships of people within physical and psychological space.

    Letter to members on marriage survey outcome

    From NAVA's Chair and Executive Director

    Abdullah M. I. Syed wins the 2017 Carstairs Prize

    Image: Abdullah M. I. Syed, Bucking: Sydney, 2015, live performance, Photography: Zan Wimberley, Image courtesy the artist and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia

    Unpaid work

    Fair Work Ombudsman Factsheet

    Nadeena Dixon

    Nadeena Dixon is a Wiradjuri, Yuin and Gadigal (Dharug -Boorongberigal clan) multi-disciplinary artist incorporating textiles, short video, photography and animation.

    NSW Artists' Grant Recipients (Round 3) Announced

    Round three of the funding program sees a total of $12,500 shared between 10 artists across NSW.

    NAVA Marketing Coordinator

    Unique opportunity for a dynamic, arts-loving and community-minded individual to join the NAVA team on a short-term basis and make an important contribution to Australia's leading arts advocacy organisation.

    Debates we don't need to have

    NAVA asked several artists dealing both directly and indirectly with issues around queer identity and equality in their work to share their experiences of the Australian Marriage Survey.

    Paul Yore

    Paul Yore is a Melbourne based artist exploring queer culture, politics and homo-eroticism.

    Mikala Dwyer

    Mikala Dwyer’s practice is developed through a series of evolving projects, connecting personal biography, site-specificity and research into theories of the occult and alchemy.

    20th Anniversary Windmill Trust Exhibition

    14 September to 22 October 2017 at the Maurice Chick Family & MacLeod-Miller Adamshurst Gallery, MAMA.

    Taxing Prize Money

    One of NAVA's goals is getting it legislated that prize money to professional artists be tax exempt. We discuss the issue with a number of award winning artists and arts accountants.

    James Tylor

    James Tylor’s work focuses largely on Australia's 19th century history and its continual effect on present day issues surrounding cultural identity.

    Collaborative duo win the 2017 Windmill Trust Scholarship for NSW Regional Artists

    The Windmill Trust together with the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) are pleased to announce that Rachel Peachey and Paul Mosig are this year’s recipients of the 20th annual Windmill Trust Scholarship for NSW Regional Artists which was doubled this year to $10,000.

    DGR Reforms - Hands Off Advocacy

    Proposed reforms outline a new streamlined application process for organisations, but threaten to silence advocacy and campaign work.

    Salote Tawale

    Salote Tawale is known for work that draws on her personal experience of race, class, ethnicity and gender while growing up in suburban Australia.

    The Grey Areas

    NAVA consulted with a number of lawyers and superannuation experts to resolve the grey areas of when superannuation contributions should be paid for artists working in galleries or other arts organisations in various capacities.

    Dan Elborne

    Toowoomba (Qld) based artist, Dan Elborne creates ceramic installations, which draw from varying points of personal experience and significance.

    From the archives

    In September 1995, Tamara Winikoff introduced herself as NAVA's new Executive Director.

    Wiradjuri artist joins the board of NAVA

    Wiradjuri artist, Amala Groom, has been elected unopposed as the first Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Visual Arts Representative Director on the board of the NAVA.

    The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship Recipients 2017

    Media Release - Four emerging artists receive travel scholarships of $5,000.

    Superannuation Contribution Obligations for Employers

    This guide explains what might determine whether a person is an employee or a contractor for superannuation purposes.

    Completing a Super Choice Form

    Not sure what to write on your Super Choice Form? This guide tells you where to get the information you need and which sections to fill in.

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    Superannuation Contribution Obligations for Employers

    This guide explains what might determine whether a person is an employee or a contractor for superannuation purposes.

    From the archives

    For this month’s edition of Art Wires, we dug into NAVA’s archives on the issue of industrial representation for visual artists.

    Galleries commit to paying artists fees

    We all know how hard it is for artists to earn income and accrue superannuation from their practice, so when organisations make a commitment to pay artists, we celebrate them.

    Notice of Annual General Meeting

    Notice of NAVA's Annual General Meeting, 10-11am Friday 26 May 2017.

    Tarryn Gill

    Western Australian based multidisciplinary artist, Tarryn Gill makes artworks spanning the mediums of sculpture, installation, photography, film, drawing, set and costume design and performance.

    Benjamin Forster

    Benjamin Forster is a 'miscellaneous' artist who works primarily with programming and technology.

    Mason Kimber

    Perth-born artist Mason Kimber is interested in the idea of ‘architectural memory’ and works with oil on canvas and traditional fresco techniques.

    RAYGUN Projects

    We chat to RAYGUN Projects, a non-profit artist run initiative owned and co-directed by artists Alexandra Lawson and Tarn McLean in the CBD of Toowoomba, southern Queensland.

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    Development Strategy

    A development strategy articulates how you will financially realise your program or project. This template is a guide for the kind of information that should be included and how it is commonly presented.

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    Risk Management

    Risk Management helps you detail and mitigate any potential risks that might arise through the development and implementation of a project/event or the running of an organisation.

    Call for NAVA Board Nominations - ATSI

    NAVA is calling for nominees for a Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Visual Arts Representative Director.

    Frank & Mimi

    Brisbane-based public artists, Emily Devers and Rick Hayward collaborate as Frank & Mimi.

    Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting

    Notice is given that an Extraordinary General Meeting of NAVA will be held via teleconference on 27 March 2017 at 2pm (AEST).

    Julie Gough

    An acclaimed artist, writer and curator, Julie Gough's research and art practice involves uncovering and re-presenting subsumed and conflicting histories, often referring to her own and her family’s experiences as Tasmanian Aboriginal people.


    Renowned for her work using the humble felt-tip marker, TextaQueen explores politics of sexuality, gender, and race, examining how visual and popular culture inform personal identity and the influence of ethno-cultural and colonial legacies on these dynamics.

    Lawrence English

    Brisbane based artist, composer and curator, Lawrence English works primarily with sound, and considers the body as part of the equation for listening.

    Lauren Brincat

    Best known for her task-based performances, Lauren Brincat was formally trained in painting, and considers Art as her first language and English as her second.

    Angela Tiatia

    Multimedia artist, Angela Tiatia explores contemporary culture, drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place.

    2016 Sainsbury Sculpture Grant awardees announced

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    On the theme of censorship, NAVA asked Scot Cotterell (artist) and John Vella (curator of the ‘Brainstorm’ exhibition for Dark Mofo in Tasmania) to reflect on their experience when Scot’s artwork ‘Shitstorm’ elicited strong reactions from the students and staff of the Tasmanian College of the Arts in Hobart.

    The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists 2016

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    Olga Cironis

    Czech/Greek Australian artist, Olga Cironis examines notions of belonging, cultural globalisation, appropriated histories and accepted attitudes on belonging in the Australian cultural and social landscape.

    Shoufay Derz wins the 2016 Carstairs Residency Prize

    NAVA and the Bundanon Trust are pleased to announce that Shoufay Derz is this year’s recipient of the Carstairs Residency Prize.

    Hiromi Tango

    The art of Hiromi Tango responds organically from one project to the next, exploring neuroscientific concepts through sculptural and performative practices.

    Nicole Monks

    A Wajarri Yamatji woman from Western Australia, Nicole Monks is a transdisciplinary artist and designer of Aboriginal, Dutch and English heritage.

    Abdul Abdullah

    As the son of a sixth-generation Australian and a Malaysian Muslim, Abdullah describes himself as an "outsider among outsiders" and through his work, offers a unique perspective on Australian culture and what it means to be a young Australian Muslim.

    Deborah Kelly

    Socially and politically engaged artist Deborah Kelly works across collaboration, collage and performative interventions.

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    EOFY - Tax Checklist for Artists

    A practical guide for artists on assessable income and what you can claim as a deduction in your tax return.

    Tom Moore

    Born in Canberra and currently based in Adelaide, Tom Moore creates fantastical glass sculptures that are unconventional, compelling and technically rigorous.

    Tess Allas

    Curator and writer working in the field of Aboriginal art and cultural practice.

    Wendy Sharpe

    Contemporary Australian figurative painter, Wendy Sharpe is the recipient of numerous awards, grants and travelling scholarships.

    Justin Shoulder

    Interdisciplinary artist Justin Shoulder is particularly known for his spectacular performances that developed within the underground context of Sydney's queer performance scene.

    The inaugural Freedman Foundation International Scholarship for Curators

    NAVA is pleased to announce a new initiative in partnership with The Freedman Foundation supporting early career curators to develop their practice through overseas travel. Applications close on Saturday 26 March 2016.

    Phaptawan Suwannakudt

    Contemporary artist from Thailand, presently based in Sydney, working across tapestry and painting.

    Dani Marti

    Currently based in Cessnock NSW and works across video, installation and public art.

    Tim Silver

    Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Tim Silver has been exhibiting internationally for more than a decade.

    2015 Sainsbury Sculpture Grant awardees announced

    NAVA is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2015 Sainsbury Sculpture Grant: Jamie O'Connell, Roberta Rich, Salote Tawale, and Tim Woodward

    ArtsPeak: New arts minister fronts the sector

    Return the money to the Australia Council was the strong message from over 60 arts delegates from around the nation who met with Federal Arts Minister Mitch Fifield at a National Arts Sector meeting in Sydney today. The delegates also heard from Labor Senator Jacinta Collins, Greens MP Adam Bandt and the Shadow Arts Minister Mark Dreyfus MP.

    Media Release from ArtsPeak: the confederation of peak national arts organisations

    Suzann Victor

    Dr Suzann Victor produces public artworks and installations that respond to space and architecture with distinctive forms and ideas including kinetic works that move in space, and are themselves, moving experiences.

    Heath Franco

    Recipient of the 2015 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging)

    Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

    Currently based in Lidcombe, Western Sydney, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran's multi-disciplinary practice spans sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing and installation.

    Call for Turnbull to fix the arts mess

    National Association for the Visual Arts
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    Tuesday 15 September 2015

    Owen Leong

    Owen Leong is a contemporary artist exploring the transmission of culture and the body as a physical site of exchange. In this video Owen talks to NAVA about networks and skills developed through actively participating across the arts sector.

    Public Art EOI Survey

    NAVA is currently conducting a survey to collect feedback from artists about their experiences with public art commissions.

    The information compiled from this survey will be used to inform a round table discussion with various government bodies that commission public art works.

    Please follow this link to have your say.

    Karen Therese

    Karen Therese is a creative producer and artist; her work is grounded in performance, political activism and community building.

    Karen chats to NAVA about working with communities and across artistic disciplines.


    Province is the cross-disciplinary collaboration between Laura Pike and Anne-Louise Dadak. Province chats to NAVA about their collaborative practice that crosses spatial and site-specific design, large scale public art and finely detailed visual identity and creative direction.

    Future/Forward: Dr Hong-hee Kim

    Dr Hong-hee Kim is an art historian, curator and critic based in Korea and is currently the Director of Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA). In this video, Dr Hong-hee Kim discusses what arts organisations of the future look like as part of her keynote presentation at NAVA's Future/Forward Summit on Friday 7 November 2014 at Carriageworks, NSW.

    Alex Wisser

    Alex Wisser chats to NAVA about establishing Cementa - a biennial contemporary arts festival that takes place in the post-industrial town of Kandos NSW.

    Bonnie Lane

    Bonnie Lane talks to NAVA about her art practice and Freedman Foundation Scholarship funded trip to the U.S. to undertake several residencies and internships.