The peak body protecting and promoting the Australian visual arts sector

National Symposia

NAVA provides opportunities for the Australian visual arts sector to meet as a community, have a national conversation, learn from and be inspired by some of the best ideas from overseas and around the country, form partnerships and networks and devise common positions from which to take action.

Future/Forward: Canberra

Future/Forward: Canberra

Future/Forward shapes the future of the arts by championing the artist in the nation’s capital, 14-15 August 2018.
Over two days in Canberra, NAVA will facilitate visual artists’ thinking on how best to advance rights, sustain incomes and develop practice in Australia today.
Our first day at the NGA will focus on institutional aspects of professional practice. Our second day at Parliament House will focus on the politics of policy change.

Parallels

Parallels

Presented in partnership with the National Craft Initiative (NCI) and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in 2015, Parallels - Journeys into Contemporary Making was curated by Ewan McEoin and Simone LeAmon of the new Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture at the NGV. The two-day conference offered an optimistic platform to interpret how local/global forces are reshaping the convergent worlds of craft and design.

Future/Forward

Future/Forward

Future/Forward 2014 was a two-day national summit that brought together arts practitioners, academics and industry professionals to engage in discussions about the current state of the visual arts in Australia and to imagine new possibilities for developing contemporary practice.

We Are Here (WAH)

We Are Here

In September 2011, NAVA and Firstdraft presented a national symposium dedicated to Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) with talks, workshops, events, an exhibition and a live art performance program, across seven venues in Sydney.