ACUADS Conference

NAVA's Revised Code of Practice: Towards a Sustainable Sector, 12.45pm AWST Friday 28 October 2022

2022 ACUADS Conference Public Pedagogy: Forms of togetherness

“Public is not one thing. Different publics exist in multiple and intersecting iterations, and each carries distinct pedagogical forms and potentials.” – (Savage as cited in O’Malley et al., 2020)

The pandemic has and continues to mark everything. How this time has played out, intervened, and transformed situated publics are starting points for collecting conversations across art and design contexts in Australia that reflect on public pedagogy. Projects undertaken through the pandemic are a way of speculating on what changes are inevitable in a COVID-19 context.

Session 1.3 & 1.4 Physical Versus Temporal Space, Digital Publics

NAVA’s Revised Code of Practice: Towards a Sustainable Sector

The professional Australian contemporary arts sector is dynamic, diverse and multifaceted, but its lack of regulation and legislation, combined with increasingly precarious conditions makes work and practice unsustainable for many. NAVA’s Code of Practice for Visual Arts, Craft and Design sets out equitable, ethical and self-reflective standards, covering good practice approaches to working relationships, ethical standards of access and inclusion, and payment rates for artists and arts workers. 

Underpinned by an ethic of care, the revised Code reflects the contemporary practices and needs of artists and arts workers in Australia. A new section covering Principles, Ethics and Rights reflects the industry’s growing concern with issues of justice, access, fair work and representation. 

NAVA’s Tertiary Education Coordinator Andrée Ruggeri will discuss ways in which this collective document provides not only a guide by and for the sector, but a blueprint for the formal recognition of art as a real job in Australia.


The Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) is the peak discipline body of university visual arts, crafts and design.

ACUADS plays an active role in shaping quality education for artists, crafts practitioners and designers. The organisation addresses issues affecting the sector, and is concerned with the status of the visual arts and design industries in the wider economic, social and cultural development of Australia.

For the full program, schedule, list of presenters, please visit the conference website