The peak body protecting and promoting the Australian visual arts sector

Penelope Benton

Louise Zhang

Louise Zhang is a is a Chinese-Australian multidisciplinary artist with an interest in horror cinema.

Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley and Dr Alex Gawronski awarded NAVA Visual Arts Fellowship 2018

Image: Burchill/McCamley, Simone Weil 2017. Vinyl lettering, nail and rope (left); 24/7 shield (centre) Brutopia (right). TCB, Melbourne.

Where to from here?

Panel discussion on the opportunities and the hurdles for 'emerging' and 'early career' artists, 5.30-7pm UNSW Galleries.

Image: Shireen Taweel 'Tracing Transcendence' 2018. Pierced copper, installation view. 

Greg Semu

Greg Semu is an autodidact ‘stills’ photographer, independent researcher, visual artist and philanthropist working in the field of community arts and social justice.

The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists Exhibition

Image: Caroline Garcia Queen Of The Carabao (2018), 2-Channel Digital Video, 30mins

Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro

Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro are collaborative artists who reclaim and transform the fallout of consumer society in their practice. 

Ash Keating

Ash Keating is best known for his large scale outdoor murals created with paint filled fire extinguishers.

Abuse of power comes as no surprise

Panel discussion discussing the impact of the #metoo movement as part of TALK Contemporary.

Art Every Day

National Primary Visual Arts Conference at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Karen Black

Karen Black’s painting practice explores time and space within global social, economic and political situations. 

First Nations need a Voice, not an envoy

The Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (JSC) is seeking additional submissions until 17 September 2018.

Proposed overhaul of the ABN system

Treasury is currently seeking feedback on possible changes to the ABN system. 

Cyrus Tang

Cyrus Tang explores the notion that disappearance is an absence that can be a unique and expanded form of presence. 

NAVA Visual Arts Fellowship recipients to showcase work at Centre for Contemporary Photography

Image: Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, Geography Becomes Territory Becomes, 2018. 8-channel HD video installation, non-sync playback, 14 minutes. 

Nici Cumpston

Nici Cumpston is an artist, curator, writer, educator and a builder of relationships.

Q&A with Carly Lane and Andrea May Churcher

Image: Michael Cook, INVASION (Laser girls) 2017, digital print, 135 x 200cm. Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane.

Q&A with Janina Harding

We caught up with Janina Harding, Artistic Director of CIAF for a quick chat.

Image: Sid Bruce Shortjoe, Janina Harding, Kristen Fagan. Blueclick Photography.

Yhonnie Scarce

Yhonnie Scarce is one of the first contemporary Australian artists to explore the political and aesthetic power of glass.

Dr Fiona Foley receives the 2018 Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists

Image: Fiona Foley, Flotsam and Jetsam #11, 2011. Gouache and graphite on Arches paper 31x41cm

Towards national standards for art in the public space

The overwhelming majority of disputes that seek NAVA’s support are about public art projects. 

Dale Collier

Dale Collier is an interdisciplinary artist interrogating contemporary falsehoods and nationalistic propaganda as part of the everyday Australian dream.

NAVA Executive Assistant

This is an ideal role for someone seeking mentorship through a career in arts management through high-level arts leadership exposure. 

Hatched: Establishing Strong Practice

Hatched artist talks and professional development forum at PICA Performance Space.

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2018

Notice of NAVA's Annual General Meeting, 10-11am Tuesday 29 May 2018.

NAVA seeks nominations for two elected positions on our Board of Directors

Pictured: NAVA's Deputy Chair, Sally Smart. Photo by Jennifer Brankin, POLIXENNI PHOTOGRAPHY. 

Recipients of the NSW Artists' Grant (Round 1) announced

Image: Thom and Angelmouse, Rush Hour at Cloud Heaven (excerpt), 2017, 3-channel video installation, 16:9, stereo sound, 5 minutes.

Vipoo Srivilasa

Vipoo Srivilasa works predominantly in ceramics, creating contemporary porcelain sculptures, vessels and figures to transmit a universal message about cross-cultural experiences.

Q&A with Dr Oliver Watts

We chat with the inaugural artist director on the Copyright Agency board, Dr Oliver Watts, about the benefits and implications of copyright, as well as new and existing initiatives for visual artists.

Industry News Mar-Apr

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

Marian Abboud

Marian Abboud is a Western Sydney based artist working primarily with community through socially engaged actions in activism and popular culture.

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. 

Q&A with Paola Balla

We speak with Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara woman, artist, curator and researcher, Paola Balla, on feminism and her recent projects.

Industry News Feb-Mar

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

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.

Eveline Kotai

Eveline Kotai works across painting, drawing, print and textiles. 

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

I Don’t Work For Free: Tensions In Artist Run Initiatives

A participatory discussion on NAVA’s Fair Pay for Artists campaign and what it means for ARIs as part of the HOBIENNALE arts festival HB17.

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.

Prizes and Awards. What comes next?

Panel discussion presented by UNSW Art & Design, the Copyright Agency and NAVA.

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.

NAVA members

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.

Why Flock?


A Critical Thinkers Platform event, presented by NAVA and Cultural Services, Cairns Regional Council.

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

Media Release

Beyond Rhetoric

This Melbourne forum explored the role of the contemporary curator in light of the findings of the Elvis Richardson produced, CoUNTess Report.


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

Media Release

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
Media Release
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.