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The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The NAVA office will be closed from Saturday 11 August to Sunday 19 August for Future/Forward 2018, we will be unable to regularly answer queries during this time.

Street Address Level 1, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Roadway Woolloomooloo NSW 2011 Australia

Postal Address PO Box 60 Potts Point 1335 NSW Australia

Freecall number 1800 046 282 (18000 4 NAVA)

Phone +612 9368 1900

Email nava@visualarts.net.au

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NAVA’s Quiet Fridays

Working nine to five might be a great way to make a living, but it’s not the only way – and at NAVA, our way is a little different. 

Quiet Fridays allow full-time staff to work those hours across four extended days, devoting the fifth day to our creative practice. 

It may be that you’ve been observing Quiet Fridays, too? We’ve noticed for a while now that our phones ring a lot less on a Friday, and so we know that this arrangement will work well. 

This means that the NAVA office is closed on Fridays to all but urgent queries. While we won’t be answering the phone, we'll check our emails for messages from Members who really need us right now. 

NAVA’s Executive Director, Esther Anatolitis, has given a lot of thought to reflective practice in the context of work-life balance, and she’s tried this before. At Regional Arts Victoria, Quiet Fridays became policy for all staff, including the regionally-based Creative Arts Facilitators. At Melbourne Fringe, staff were granted an additional week’s leave and the office was shut down for five weeks over the summer, in recognition of the intense peaks of festival work. 

NAVA encourages all organisations to consider the working hours and days that are most conducive to their purpose and their values.