Future/Forward 2014

The National Visual Arts Summit

NAVA presents Future/Forward the national visual arts summit


The National Visual Arts Summit

6 – 7 November 2014

Carriageworks, Sydney NSW

Future/Forward was a two-day 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.

Support for this national dialogue was offered through travel bursaries in several states made available to art practitioners to attend the summit from around Australia. The bursaries covered flights, accommodation, per diems and summit registration fees.


Artists, activists, academics, curators and critics from around Australia spoke of imagining and challenging the futures of the arts sector in Australia.

Audience at Future/Forward


Future/Forward addressed some of the key issues facing the visual arts and craft sectors in Australia through keynote presentations, panel discussions and conversation sessions that encourage participants to contribute to national dialogues. Summit topics included:

  • Do we live in a borderless world?
  • When is censorship justified?
  • Is the art world homogenising contemporary practice?
  • What is the current state of Australian art critique?
  • What are the environmental and social tipping points for contemporary arts practice?
  • How can the arts sector be its own best advocate?
  • Does gift culture become embedded in international exchange?
  • Are artists' practices being institutionalised?
  • The artist as citizen: can we shape notions of citizenship?
Audience at Future/Foward


Major Partners

Logos Australia Council, Carriageworks, Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, Arts NSW

Travel Bursary Partners

Logos Queensland Government, Arts Victoria, Department of Culture and the Arts WA, Arts SA

Media Partner