The peak body protecting and promoting the Australian visual arts sector

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Sydney Sculpture Conference 2017

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Art Wires - August 2017

NAVA's August 2017 Art Wires - Awards and Prizes is out now. View online here.

Wired In: August 2017

Find out who's coming and going in the arts in August 2017.

Talent Camp - AFTRS

AFTRS has just launched an exciting new program called Talent Camp. It is a diversity and inclusion project designed to provide skills development opportunities to emerging storytellers and screen content creatives from diverse backgrounds

Art Wires - July 2017

NAVA's July 2017 Art Wires - Fair Pay for Artists Update is out now. View online here.

Q&A with Wendy Whiteley

A preview of our upcoming NAVA in conversation podcast with Wendy Whiteley.

NAVA Queensland Artists' Survey

Calling all Queensland artists, complete our artist survey.

NAVA welcomes copyright amendment

Support NAVA the voice of artists

Art Wires - June 2017

NAVA's June 2017 Issue of Art Wires farewells Tamara Winikoff. View online here.

Q&A with Tamara Winikoff

We chat to Tamara Winikoff about the highs and lows and the changes she's witnessed over her years at NAVA.

Responses to Tamara's resignation

Following on from Tamara Winikoff's announcement of her resignation as Executive Director of NAVA, we share some of the messages from the sector celebrating her achievements and contributions to the visual arts sector.

Wired In: June 2017

Find out who's coming and going in the arts in June 2017.

Change of Leadership for NAVA

After twenty-two years, Tamara Winikoff OAM has announced her resignation as Executive Director of NAVA, the peak national body protecting and promoting the Australian visual arts sector.

Art Wires - May 2017

NAVA's May 2017 Issue of Art Wires is on Industrial Relations. View online here.

Q&A with the Countess Team

We caught up with the Countess Team to discuss the impact their research has had on the contemporary Australian visual arts sector over the past 9 years.

Wired In: May 2017

Find out who's coming and going in the arts in May 2017.

Art Wires - April 2017

NAVA's April 2017 Issue of Art Wires is on Queensland. View online here.

Q&A with Judy Watson

We chat with NAVA Member and renowned Brisbane-based artist Judy Watson.

Art Wires - February 2017

NAVA's February 2017 Issue of Art Wires looks at the launch of the small to medium report. View online here.

Wired In: February 2017

Find out who's coming and going in the arts in February 2017.

Art Wires - January 2017

NAVA's January 2017 Issue of Art Wires looks at fair pay for artists. View online here.

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ArtsPeak welcomes creation of a new national arts voice

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Art Wires - December 2016

NAVA's December 2016 Issue of Art Wires looks at summer opportunities. View online here.

Support local makers this Christmas

Where to find gifts and support local makers and emerging artists this Christmas?

Q&A with Michelle Nikou

We had a chat to one of the NAVA Visual Arts Fellowship recipients - Michelle Nikou.

See art this summer with NAVA

Find out one of the benefits of being a NAVA Member.

Art Wires - November 2016

NAVA's November 2016 Issue of Art Wires looks at regional Australian art practice. View online here.

NAVA highlights

Find out what NAVA has been doing this last quarter including campaign work, events, forums and more.

Q&A with regional artists

Art Wires - October 2016

NAVA's October 2016 Issue of Art Wires looks at curating. View online here.

Art Wires - September 2016

NAVA's September 2016 Issue of Art Wires looks at freedom of expression. View online here.

NAVA Membership - Spring offer

Happy first day of spring! Thanks to our media partner, Artlink Magazine we have copies of their September issue ‘Art Land' to giveaway to the first 56 new/renewing NAVA Premium Members taking up a one year membership.

Art Wires - August 2016

Mid-career artist opportunities

Q&A On approaching the mid-career

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An opportunity to join Square One Studios , Sydney

Sydney - We are offering fully flexible open-plan and private creative work spaces.The complex has a shared kitchen, WiFi, generous on-site parking. Close to bus and bike routes, 8-minutes drive from CBD, 5-minute walk to Green Square Station.

Art Wires - July 2016

NAVA campaign highlights

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Goodspace and the Lord Gladstone in Sydney are starting a monthly market, showcasing local creatives across the wide variety of disciplines.

Art Wires - June 2016

National Day of Arts Action Launch

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Australian Design Centre Volunteer Program

Are you interested to develop your skills and follow your passion for craft and design?

NAVA warmly welcomes the Greens' arts policy

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Art Wires - May 2016

In our May 2016 Issue of Art Wires we look at small to medium organisations. View online here.

Q&A Harrie Fasher

We chat to Harrie Fasher, recipient of the 2015 Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists.

Urgent Call to Action

Art Wires - April 2016

In our April 2016 Issue of Art Wires we look at the visibility of craft. View online here.

Art Wires is NAVA's monthly newsletter featuring news and opinion, interviews with arts practitioners, focus on exhibitions and events around the country, opportunities and more. To subscribe to our mailing list sign up here.

Vote now for NAVA's Board representatives

Vote now for NAVA's 2016 artists and art organisation representatives to the NAVA Board.

Art Wires - March 2016

In our March 2016 Issue of NAVA Art Wires we look at women in Australian art. View online here.

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Q&A with Women's Art Register

Interview with Danielle Hakim and Sally Northfield, Co-Convenors of Women's Arts Register.

Call for NAVA board nominations

We're calling for nominees for NAVA Board Member Positions ahead of the 2016 AGM. Currently elected members of the NAVA board must stand down after two years. Download the nomination form here.

Art Wires - February 2016

In our February 2016 Issue of NAVA Art Wires we look at tertiary education and beyond. View online here.

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Q&A with Stephanie nova Milne

Stephanie nova Milne is one half of the artist nova Milne, and co-founded their collective Ms&Mr, and also our NAVA Online course facilitator for Winning Grant Proposals. Currently based in New York, Stephanie chats to us about the importance of writing grants within an arts practice.

Q&A with Brook McCarthy

We chat to Brook McCarthy trainer and business coach and founder of Hustle & Heart, and online course facilitator for NAVA Online's Maximise Your Exposure about the importance of marketing skills for artists.

Q&A with Monica Davidson

We chat to Monica Davidson, CEO of Creative Plus Business Group and the former NSW Creative Industries Business Adviser and online course facilitator for NAVA's Art Business Basics about the practical skills artists need alongside their creative practice.

Australia Day Honours List 2016

NAVA congratulates the following individuals who were among those recognised in the 2016 Australia Day Honours Lists for their service to the visual arts and craft sector.

Art Wires - January 2016

In our January 2016 Issue of NAVA Art Wires we look at New Year's Resolutions. View online here.

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Wired in: January 2016

Find out who's coming and going in the arts for January 2016.

Art Wires - December 2015

In our December 2015 Issue of NAVA Art Wires we look at Localism. View online here.

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Q&A with Jon Goulder

We chat to Jon Goulder, Creative Director of Furniture Studio, Jam Factory about his practice, place and the popularity of Jam Factory.

Art Wires - November

View our November 2015 NAVA Art Wires e-newsletter here.

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Q&A with Amanda Buckland

Amanda Buckland is passionate about the power of creatively to transform people and places. As a cultural planner, project manager and educator, she connects government, artists and communities. She works for Not for Profits, Local Government and in the Health, Art and Education sectors. She has designed a course for NAVA online called “So where to from here? Alternative income sources for artists".

Utopia - what do you wish for?

We asked representatives across different sectors to start a discussion on perspectives for the future.
You can contribute your thoughts and your vision to the prompt: Utopia - what do you wish for by emailing a paragraph (100-150 words) to

Q&A with Heidi Axelsen

In July Sainsbury Sculpture Grant 2014 recipients, Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline completed their artist residency at Australia House, Echigo Tsumari, Japan (2013-2015). In collaboration with fellow Australian artist Nathan Hawkes, and the local Japanese community, they developed a new public art work, 2000 Waraji 200 Feet which was commissioned especially for the 2015 Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale. During Axelsen and Moline's installation of their recent work Owner Occupy in Martin Place Sydney, part of the Groundwork 2015 festival, we spoke to Heidi about their latest project and how their residency experience has shaped their practice.

Q&A with Art Collective WA

We chat to Art Collective WA's Chair, Merrick Belyea, and Director Felicity Johnston about their unique gallery model, the circumstances surrounding its formation and its focus on the careers of established Western Australian artists.

On the Current Health of Commercial Galleries

In a series of voxpop interviews at Sydney Contemporary we asked several gallerists for their perspective on the state of the commercial gallery scene.

Arts Sector Welcomes Change of Minister

National Association for the Visual Arts

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NAVA at Sydney Contemporary

NAVA will be at Sydney Contemporary and we need your help! We’re looking for volunteers who are available throughout the art fair from the 10th to 13th September to help us staff the NAVA stall in the Media Hub area and to be part of our roving team. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the heart of Sydney's thriving contemporary art scene over the four days.

Stellar line-up of speakers for Parallels

The upcoming Parallels – Journeys into Contemporary Making (17-18 September) at the National Gallery of Victoria is a rare opportunity to hear over 25 leading international and local makers, designers and curators share their view on the changing worlds of craft and design. See the stellar line up of speakers.

Senate Inquiry Hearings

Five public hearings have been confirmed for the Senate Inquiry into the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the arts and will take place across Australia over the next six weeks.

Harrie Fasher wins the 2015 Windmill Trust Scholarship

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The Windmill Trust and the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) are delighted to announce Harrie Fasher as the recipient of the 2015 Windmill Trust Scholarship.

Q&A with Dr Terry Wu

This month we interview Dr Terry Wu, collector, an indefatigable advocate for the arts, and NAVA Board Member, Terry endeavours to contribute to the wellbeing of artists and visual art in Australia. Terry serves as a Board Director of Heide Museum of Modern Art and supports institutions and events including the National Gallery of Victoria, The Melbourne Festival, Sydney Biennale and the new Australian Pavilion for Venice Biennale.

Now's the Time To Be a NAVA Member

Since 1983 NAVA has worked to achieve a strong Australian visual arts sector and a vibrant, distinctive and ethical cultural environment through advocacy and services. See the timeline of our key achievements over the past 30 years.

Australia Council Funding Cuts - National Call to Action

Take Action to Protect Australian Arts from Deadly Cuts

Queen's Birthday Honours List

NAVA congratulates the following individuals who were recognised in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List for their service to the visual arts and craft sector.

Mass Dance Action - Friday 22nd May - Nationally

This is a national call to action in response to Minister Brandis' plan to take $104.8 million from the Australia Council and transfer it to a proposed National Centre for Excellence in the Arts. Organisers are calling on artists, artsworkers and art-lovers all over to join together in a mass dance action across Australia on Friday 22 May at 1:30pm EST.

Q&A with Mike Parr

Renowned Australian performance artist Mike Parr on the challenges of maintaining an independent practice since the 1970s, eschewing government funding and establishing one of Australia's landmark ARIs Inhibodress.

Q&A with Phillip Keir, Keir Foundation

NAVA speaks to Phillip Keir, co-founder of the Keir Foundation, and Chairman of the Biennale of Sydney about his support of the Arts within the realms of "arts incubation" and "venture capital".

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NT Arts Quick Response Scheme

The Quick Response Scheme offers up to $1 500 per grant to a max of $2 000 per financial year to access arts and cultural opportunities as they arise, in a flexible and responsive manner.