The peak body protecting and promoting the Australian visual arts sector

Program

Future/Forward will ignite the nation’s capital with timely collaboration on how best to advance rights, sustain incomes and develop practice in Australia today.

Future/Forward

Program

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.


9am - 530pm Tuesday 14 August

National Gallery of Australia

9am - 530pm Wednesday 15 August

Parliament House of Australia

Each session asks: What needs to go into the Code of Practice?
Each session asks: How do we make the Code of Practice enforceable?
Welcome to Country 
Paul House, Ngambri custodian
Welcome to the NGA: Nick Mitzevich
Welcome to Parliament
Justine van Mourik, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Parliament House
Artistic courage ignites Australian 
culture

Launching NAVA's next Strategic Plan and our plans to revise the Code of Practice.
Advocacy, policy and action for a 
sector that’s ambitious and fair  
Outlining yesterday's actions and reviewing NAVA's policy priorities
Let’s listen 
Led by Peter White
Timely issues in First Nations contemporary arts
How to create policy change 
Led by pvi collective
A scenario game to reset our thinking
Lunchtime conversations to connect artists with all NGA staffLunchtime conversations to coincide with the Parliamentary lunch break
Let’s form an ARI 
Featuring Patricia Piccinini
A facilitated hypothetical on artist-run-initiatives and other models of self-organisation
How to redress inequity 
Featuring Abdul Abdullah
A facilitated set of critical scenarios that build commitments towards shared actions
Let’s work the public space 
Featuring Fiona Foley and Nick Mitzevich
Case studies and policy priorities for art in the public spaces
How to advocate
Featuring Michaela Boland and Nicholas Pickard
Case studies in best practice advocacy for ongoing influence and impact
Let’s defend our rights 
Featuring Copyright Agency 
Championing artists' rights and sustaining an income
Future/Forward actions  
What will NAVA take into the Code?
What will NAVA campaign for?
What will we do together?

Artists

Abdul Abdullah

Abdul Abdullah

Abdul Abdullah is an artist from Perth, currently based in Sydney, who works across painting, photography, video, installation and performance. A self-described ‘outsider amongst outsiders’, his practice is primarily concerned with the experience of the ‘other’ in society. Abdullah’s projects have engaged with different marginalised minority groups and he is particularly interested in the experience of young Muslims in the contemporary multicultural Australian context. 



Fiona Foley

Fiona Foley

Photo by Mick Richards

Dr Fiona Foley is an Australian artist and influential curator, writer and academic. Foley pursues a practice encompassing painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed-media work, found objects and installation to examine and dismantle historical stereotypes. Her works explore a broad range of themes that relate to politics, culture, ownership, language and identity.


Kelli McCluskey

Kelli McCluskey

Photo by Peter Cheng

Kelli McCluskey is an artist and co-founder of tactical media art group, pvi collective. Formed in 1998 pvi create playfully subversive and participatory artworks that creatively disrupt everyday life in public spaces. Their work invites direct participation from audiences, not as art consumers, but as creative comrades, cultivating an underground army of critical citizens who are up for the challenge of saving the world through creative play and revolutionary fun. 

Kelli is a passionate advocate for live art and experimental practice and its continued growth in this country and is always on the look out for ways to champion experimental art forms in Australia. She regularly speaks on panels, symposia and forums and facilitates playfully participatory discussions on the critical role of arts in society. 


​Patricia Piccinini

Patricia Piccinni

Photo by Alli Oughtred

Patricia Piccinini is an Australian artist who works in a variety of media, including painting, video, sound, installation, digital prints, and sculpture. She is keenly interested in how contemporary ideas of nature, the natural and the artificial are changing our society, and uses her artistic practice as a forum for discussion about how technology impacts upon life. Patricia was a founder of one of Melbourne’s early artist-run spaces, the Basement Project.


Sally Smart

Sally Smart

Photo by Gregory Lorenzutti 

Sally Smart is the Deputy Chair of NAVA and one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists recognised internationally for large-scale cut-out assemblage installations, collage painting, and increasingly performance and video, her practice engages identity politics and the relationships between the body, thought and culture including trans-national ideas that have shaped cultural history. 

Arts Leaders

Esther Anatolitis

Esther Anatolitis

Photo Sara Walker

Esther Anatolitis is NAVA’s Executive Director and an expert facilitator of industry events including Independent Convergence, Digital Publics, Artlands, National Sector Meeting and National Election Debate. Esther has led key state, regional and national arts and media organisations, has served numerous arts boards, government policy committees and industry advisories, and is a prolific writer and commentator.


Nick Mitzevich

Nick Mitzevich

Nick Mitzevich is the new Director of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. He was previously the director of the Art Gallery of South Australia and prior to that, the University of Queensland Art Museum and Newcastle Region Art Gallery.


Peter White

Peter White

Photo by Campbell Henderson

Peter White is a Gamilaroi Murri from north-west NSW who has held a number of senior positions in major cultural institutions and government arts agencies. Peter is currently a freelance adviser on First Peoples’ cultural and creative development and was recently elected to the NAVA Board.


Michaela Boland

Michaela Boland

Michaela Boland is the ABC’s national arts, culture and entertainment reporter. A former national arts reporter with The Australian, and Australia correspondent with entertainment industry bible Variety, Michaela's investigations into looted artefacts at the NGA led to an overhaul of collecting practices at Australian institutions. She pioneered arts podcasts at The Australian and is co-author of a book about Australia's leading actors and directors, Aussiewood


Nicholas Pickard is Director of Public Affairs and Communications at APRA AMCOS and has held executive leadership roles in Australia and overseas. Nicholas has managed the profile, reputation and advocacy campaigns of organisations and public figures across government, creative industries, urban development and the media, and is a former arts journalist. He has served as adviser to several state and federal ministers for the arts, most recently throughout the process of developing the National Cultural Policy. Nicholas is a board member of Regional Arts NSW and the Australian Society of Authors.

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.