Esther Anatolitis

Fact-checking the role of arts and culture in economic recovery

Image: Make or Break, Influence Operation (Campbelltown), 2019, curtains, LED tickers programmed with custom bots, office space, monitors, twitter feed, fortnightly ‘news hack’ sessions. Installation view at Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2019. Photo by Document Photography.

Prime Minister, this is your moment to create Australia’s future

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Finding a new equilibrium in an increasingly precarious world

Image: Kay Abude, WORK WORTH DOING, Castlemaine State Festival 2019, hand silkscreen on linen, dimensions variable. Project supported by a 2018 Arts Vic Grant from Creative Victoria, LaTrobe Art Institute, Shedshaker Brewery and Taproom and The Mill Castlemaine. Photo by Kay Abude. 

COVID-19 Action: What have we achieved so far?

Image: Artists in conversation at a NAVA roundtable. Photo by Document Photography, 2019.

#CreateAustraliasFuture

Image: Giselle Stanborough, Cinopticon, Carriageworks. Photo by Mark Pokorny 2020.

'If our government wants cultural life to return, it must act now': an open letter from Australia's arts industry

Over 130 arts groups call on minister Paul Fletcher for urgent action over coronavirus hit to industry.

Top priorities for NSW’s next minister for the arts

Following the resignation of the New South Wales arts minister* due to his infringements of COVID19 public health laws, NAVA outlines the key priorities facing the incoming minister.

It’s ghostlights, not spotlights, for the industry hardest hit by COVID19

Image: Dean Cross, I LOVE YOU, I'M SORRY, 2020. Installation view, Firstdraft. Photo by Zan Wimberley

COVID19 stimulus: what's missing and what's urgently needed

There's still a long way to go to ensure that the industry will survive the COVID19 crisis. Measures announced to date don't achieve that. Here's what needs to be done.

SA Government donates $50,000 to Artists’ Benevolent Fund

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About the "JobKeeper" wage subsidy program

The Prime Minister has announced a $130bn wage subsidy program to support workers impacted by COVID-19.

Art creates the future

Image: Luke John Matthew Arnold, Don't Cancel Creativity, 2020. Digital illustration.

Creative industry unites to secure Australia’s cultural life

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Creative industry letter to the Prime Minister, ministers and lord mayors on COVID-19 action

Image: Glenn Sloggett, Lose, 2019. Photo by J Forsyth.

Second COVID-19 stimulus: what does it mean for the arts?

The Australian Government's second COVID-19 stimulus was announced on Sunday morning 22 March. What does it mean for us?

NAVA responds to Meeting of Cultural Ministers Communiqué

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Today’s critical moment for the future of our arts and culture

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COVID-19: Minister Fletcher acts quickly to ensure whole-of-government response is informed by arts industry

The Hon Paul Fletcher met with arts leaders today to understand how best to support the industry amid the widespread economic impacts of COVID-19 across the sector.

Key levers in arts policy: the vexed question of operational funding

Lucas Ihlein, "The Audit Itself (so far)", created as part of "Environmental Audit", MCA, 2010. Chalk drawing.

Take local action for national impact

Image: Peter Drew AUSSIE posters. Photo by Wade Whitington.

2020 policy agenda: Local, territory and state issues taking national prominence

Image: Esther Anatolitis at launch of the McKell Institute’s report Opportunities in Change: Responding to the Future of Work. Photograph by Anna Kučera, 2019.

New models for new times

Image: Karla Dickens Mother's little helper, 2019. Installation view, Three Views, curated by Djon Mundine, historic Amoured Casemates, Georges Head, Mosman Art Gallery January 2020. Photo by Tim Connolly.

NAVA's submission: Religious Freedom Bills

Read NAVA's submission to the Religious Freedom Bills – Second Exposure Drafts, we welcome you to use this as a starting point for yours. Deadline 31 January 2020.

What’s in a name change? The invisibility of the arts to the national agenda

Join the discussion using #invisiblearts and let your local member know what the national visibility of the arts means to you. 

End of the year, end of the decade

Image: Deborah Kelly 'My Sydney Summer' (2019 edit). Digital photomontage, size variable.

The future of art drives the future of work

(L-R) Tim Pallas, Treasurer, Victorian Government; Dominic Perrottet, Treasurer, NSW Government; Christine Stasi, Group Executive, People, Performance and Reputation, IAG; Sam Crosby, CEO, McKell Institute. Photograph by Anna Kučera.

Strength and courage from everyone at NAVA

Through this extreme fire emergency.

Education, professional development and lifelong learning

Image: Esther Anatolitis at NAVA's roundtable discussion on commissioning art in public space, RMIT, Melbourne 2018. Photo by Daniel Gardeazabal.

NAVA Response to Draft Pay Standards Feedback

Statement from the Chair of the NAVA Board, James Emmett, and Executive Director, Esther Anatolitis

‘Creative’, ‘creativity’, ‘creative industries’

Image: Britt Salt, photo by Zan Wimberley 2017, courtesy of NAVA

Fair practice, fair pay, fair go

With the launch of the draft Pay Standards for Artists and Arts Workers for NAVA's revised Code of Practice, questions are being asked about what's fair?

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.

Let's Do This

This week we’ve been in Canberra resetting the national arts conversation and forming some important new relationships – and, goodness me, it’s been a big week.

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? 

Questions for Create NSW’s New Funding Model

Image: NSW Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin

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.

Exhale.

After the massive month we’ve all just been through, take the time to reflect on you this month. The season is cool and rewards cosy self-care. It’s so important. 

Industry spotlight: policy expectations of Australia’s arts experts

Photo by Sarah Walker

NAVA releases Election Report Card

UPDATED 14.05.2019 to reflect latest campaign commitments.

Artistic courage

With the federal election coming up on Saturday 18 May, NAVA is calling on all parties to Invest in Artistic Courage

How to use the NAVA Advocacy Toolkit

NAVA is calling on all parties to Invest in Artistic Courage and we need your help – all tens of thousands of you! – to get that message directly to your local member. 

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.

Why can’t a $7.1bn surplus fund a $7.1bn vision?

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NAVA’s team strengthened by two new experts

NAVA welcomes Rebecca Conroy and Georgia Mokak to the national team dedicated to achieving a contemporary arts sector that’s ambitious and fair.

The federal budget: it just doesn’t add up

State of the arts

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

NAVA launches Arts Agenda to connect research, policy and practice

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

More Powerful Together

Image: Salote Tawale with Get to Work, as part of Making History by Barbara Cleveland (2016) commissioned for the 20th Biennale of Sydney The future is already here ­– it’s just not evenly distributed. Photo by Jessica Maurer.

2019 in the arts: Get ready for a big year

Image: 'Grandstanding: A reconfigurable future' at MPavilion 2017. Photo by Bec Capp.

NAVA deeply concerned about continued Create NSW funding delays

The latest Arts & Cultural Projects funding round from Create NSW is still yet to be announced.

Arts sector calls for new Artistic Investment Framework to rethink and replace Major Performing Arts Framework

Sector organisations from across Australia are calling for a rethink of the Major Performing Arts Framework currently under review, following the recent close of submissions towards a national consultation

Arts and culture priorities? Academic leadership in a policy vacuum

A nation’s cultural policy is its most confident document.

2018 Reflections

Esther Anatolitis reflects on NAVA's year of advocacy and campaign work. Photo by Tanja Bruckner.

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Anonymous “Speak Up” Protocol

This document is designed to assist boards in preparing for anonymous reports of gendered harassment or sexual assault.

NAVA calls for new Artistic Investment Framework to replace Major Performing Arts Framework

The National Association for the Visual Arts today calls for the establishment of a new Artistic Investment Framework to replace the Major Performing Arts Framework currently under review. 

Victorian Election Report Card

Victoria votes on 24 November 2018.

What arts and culture vision do the major parties offer?

Ambitious and Fair

What would it mean to be part of a contemporary arts sector that’s ambitious and fair?

Celebrating two years of NAVA Queensland

Today NAVA’s current Queensland project work draws to a close, and sadly, we farewell Sophie Chapman as Queensland Program Coordinator.

Strengthening the status of the artist

Image by Zandi Dandizette for CARFAC National.

Let's Champion Regional Arts

This month – with Artlands Victoria at its heart, and Artstate Bathurst following early in November – we’re focusing on regional arts and regional artists.

NAVA responds to South Australia’s shift in arts policy

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NAVA Visits Canada and the US to Investigate World’s Best Practice Models for Australian Artists

Tomorrow NAVA’s Executive Director, Esther Anatolitis, will travel to Canada and the US to meet with counterpart organisations, artists and advocates with thanks to an IGNITE Grant from the Copyright Agency.

A Code that Champions Best Practice

Ensuring that national best practice standards are well understood has become a matter of urgency.

Photo: Zan Wimberley

Artists call for a contemporary arts sector that’s ambitious and fair

Media Release - Post-Future/Forward

Image: Zan Wimberley

Artistic courage: our strategic plan

Image: Tony Albert, David C Collins and Kieran Smythe-Jackson, Warakurna Superheroes #5 2017, archival pigment print on paper, 100 x 150cm

‘Strengthening’ the MPA Framework

The Australian Government is calling for responses to a survey on “how to strengthen the Major Performing Arts Framework.”

Let’s do this.

Future/Forward is all about national standards and navigating the politics of policy change. What do we need to get right for a contemporary arts sector that’s ambitious and fair? What’s it going to take to make that happen?

City of Melbourne Creative Strategy

Here are some questions for artists, organisations, workers and residents to consider in responding to the draft in writing or via consultation sessions:

An investment in the public good

What does the future hold for art in the public space? Who or what is the public? And how do we understand the relationship between art and the public good?

National vision neglected: NAVA responds to the Federal Budget

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The Budget as Cultural Text

This month, we ask, how best to read the Budget as a cultural text?

Arnold Bloch Leibler and NAVA announce new partnership

Photo by Daniel Gardeazabal

Vale Polixeni Papapetrou

On behalf of everyone at NAVA, our heartfelt condolences, love and strength to the family and friends mourning the loss of Polixeni Papapetrou. 

On Soda_Jerk's TERROR NULLIUS

The history of humanity is not the telling of stories but their retelling: perversely, the retelling of a story can have considerably more power than its incarnation, its first telling or its truth.

Owning the right to your own work

This month we are contributing to a lot of conversations about copyright, intellectual property and our right to our own work.

Back Your Own Horse

NAVA strongly supports ambitious philanthropy that encourages artists to share in that ambition – extending it further than its friends, supporters and funders could possibly have imagined. 

Media Release: The first South Australian arts policy in twenty years?

NAVA Report Card for SA election

Media Release: A vision for arts and culture?

NAVA releases Report Card for Tasmanian state election.

Gender Equity - March 2018

It’s International Women’s Day this month – and that means a whole month of focus on gender equity at NAVA. 

Media Release: artsagenda

From today, artists are informing Parliament’s first sitting week with their passions, concerns and bold expectations for addressing the nation’s key priorities. 

#artsagenda

Join NAVA in building a critical mass of advocacy for the arts during the first sitting week of Parliament – setting a confident national agenda that’s led by artists.

2017 Reflections

Esther Anatolitis reflects on strong themes in NAVA’s 2017 advocacy and the wider critical public issues.

NAVA farewells Deputy Director Brianna Munting

NAVA welcomes Kate Fielding’s New Approach

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Hello from NAVA's new Executive Director

What an honour to be behind the Executive Director’s desk at this crucial organisation. It’s been a delightful day so far as I’ve been settling in, asking questions, and making plans with the impressive women who drive NAVA.