Best practice in the arts is being highlighted across Australia right now in response to COVID-19 and last summer’s devastating fires, storms and floods. Alongside NAVA’s work in these areas, we remain committed to our major revision work on the Code of Practice – so that the visual arts, craft and design sector is best placed to thrive, both now and into the future.
The aim of this project is to create a twenty-first-century resource for an ambitious sector, by clarifying expectations and responsibilities on conducting business between artists, arts workers, galleries, agents, collectors, sellers, commissioners, authoritative bodies and others.
In response to the feedback in 2019, NAVA will continue consultation for updating the Payment Standards for Artists and Arts Workers as part of the larger revision work on the Code as a whole. Further work on fees and wages will be considered in the various contexts in which artists and arts workers are paid, aiming to achieve nationally agreed, nationally consistent standards for a contemporary arts sector that’s ambitious and fair. Here’s the plan:
- In 2020, our focus is on research and consultation across all sections of the Code, as well as major work on the accessibility and usability of this important tool.
- Throughout 2021, drafts will be developed and released for feedback on all key transaction areas of best practice application. Content will be redrafted for further feedback and consultation with the aim to complete the bulk of this work before the end of that year.
- In 2022, the revised Code will be completed and tested in its new formats.
The final release date will be confirmed in consultation with the sector. Together, we will strengthen the Code of Practice as Australia’s valuable go-to sector resource.