The peak body protecting and promoting the Australian visual arts sector


Future/Forward shapes the future of the arts by championing the artist in the nation’s capital.



14-15 August 2018

National Gallery of Australia and Parliament House

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 National Gallery of Australia will focus on negotiating the institutional aspects of professional practice. Our second day at Parliament House will focus on the politics of policy change. Each day will offer a blend of talks, hypotheticals, scenarios, games and case studies that get us thinking actively.


Future/Forward is timed to coincide with the Parliamentary sitting week. While this maximises our impact and connections with MPs, it will make travel and accommodation expensive. 

Follow this link to accommodation partners, billeting and state travel subsidies. 


Tickets include access to the two full days with lunch and light refreshments served throughout.

Artist, Organisation/Arts Worker and Government tickets are available via the link below.

Support an artist to attend

NAVA encourages donations to support artists to attend Future/Forward in Canberra with full or partial contribution to travel, accommodation and entry for the two day event. 

The National Association for the Visual Arts is a tax-deductible fund listed on the Australian Government's Register of Cultural Organisations maintained under Subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. Donations of $2.00 or more are tax-deductible.

NAVA acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land where this event is taking place, the Ngunnawal people as well as the Ngambri, Ngarigu and others who traded on, travelled through and connected with this land, and continue to do so. We recognise all Custodians of Country throughout all lands, waters and territories. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.