News & Opinion

May 2020

NAVA News 5 2020

A strange set of divisions mar the way Australians relate to what we value most – and the more we look into it, the less sense those divisions make. 

More than enough: Balancing art and motherhood

Aseel Tayah is a mother, an artist and an activist. In this article, Aseel discusses the challenges of balancing all of these roles before and during social isolation.

Finding a new equilibrium in an increasingly precarious world

Image: Kay Abude, WORK WORTH DOING, Castlemaine State Festival 2019, hand silkscreen on linen, dimensions variable. Project supported by a 2018 Arts Vic Grant from Creative Victoria, LaTrobe Art Institute, Shedshaker Brewery and Taproom and The Mill Castlemaine. Photo by Kay Abude. 

Industry News May 2020

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, May 2020.

COVID-19 Action: What have we achieved so far?

Image: Artists in conversation at a NAVA roundtable. Photo by Document Photography, 2019.

The Clothing Store Statement: Carriageworks enters voluntary administration

Image: Sam Cranstoun, Utopia & Tom Mùller, GHOST LINE, fog generators, Carriageworks. Photo by Cherine Fahd.

April 2020

NAVA News 4 2020

If art creates the future, and politics is the art of the possible, then politicians have the fundamental duty to create Australia’s future. In this issue, we explore the opportunities we have to focus our voices on what comes next as we reset Australia – beyond any ‘new normal’ and towards a truly better place.

Elections are now open for three Artist Representatives and two Organisation Representatives on the NAVA Board

Recently the NAVA Board sought nominations for elected positions as Artist Representative members and Organisation Representative members.  


Image: Giselle Stanborough, Cinopticon, Carriageworks. Photo by Mark Pokorny 2020.

Sacred Data

Poet, film maker and digital producer of Wiradjuri heritage, Jazz Money, examines the potential benefits and threats to Indigenous data sovereignty in increasingly digitised spaces.

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Notice of Annual General Meeting 2020

Notice of NAVA's Annual General Meeting, 2-3pm AEST Tuesday 26 May 2020.

'If our government wants cultural life to return, it must act now': an open letter from Australia's arts industry

Over 130 arts groups call on minister Paul Fletcher for urgent action over coronavirus hit to industry.

Industry News April 2020

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, April 2020. 

Top priorities for NSW’s next minister for the arts

Following the resignation of the New South Wales arts minister* due to his infringements of COVID19 public health laws, NAVA outlines the key priorities facing the incoming minister.

City of Sydney donates $83,000 to Artists’ Benevolent Fund

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It’s ghostlights, not spotlights, for the industry hardest hit by COVID19

Image: Dean Cross, I LOVE YOU, I'M SORRY, 2020. Installation view, Firstdraft. Photo by Zan Wimberley

COVID19 stimulus: what's missing and what's urgently needed

There's still a long way to go to ensure that the industry will survive the COVID19 crisis. Measures announced to date don't achieve that. Here's what needs to be done.

SA Government donates $50,000 to Artists’ Benevolent Fund

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March 2020

The Past Becomes Our Future

NAVA's recent conversation at I.C.E. in Parramatta on the role of art in activism and world building.

NAVA News 3, 2020

With the urgency of the world’s focus on protecting our lives at a scale we have never known, it can be difficult to put creative practice in perspective. This issue discusses the grounding role of art in world building futurisms.

Today's office: how to work from somewhere else

A guide to managing your home office including tips on managing your wellbeing, negotiating rent relief, and tracking expenses that are tax deductible.

About the "JobKeeper" wage subsidy program

The Prime Minister has announced a $130bn wage subsidy program to support workers impacted by COVID-19.

Art creates the future

Image: Luke John Matthew Arnold, Don't Cancel Creativity, 2020. Digital illustration.

Creative industry unites to secure Australia’s cultural life

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Creative industry letter to the Prime Minister, ministers and lord mayors on COVID-19 action

Image: Glenn Sloggett, Lose, 2019. Photo by J Forsyth.

Industry News March 2020

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, March 2020. 

NAVA seeks nominations for five elected positions on our Board of Directors

Nominations close on 24 April 2020. 

Second COVID-19 stimulus: what does it mean for the arts?

The Australian Government's second COVID-19 stimulus was announced on Sunday morning 22 March. What does it mean for us?

NAVA responds to Meeting of Cultural Ministers Communiqué

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Today’s critical moment for the future of our arts and culture

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COVID-19: Minister Fletcher acts quickly to ensure whole-of-government response is informed by arts industry

The Hon Paul Fletcher met with arts leaders today to understand how best to support the industry amid the widespread economic impacts of COVID-19 across the sector.

Key levers in arts policy: the vexed question of operational funding

Lucas Ihlein, "The Audit Itself (so far)", created as part of "Environmental Audit", MCA, 2010. Chalk drawing.

February 2020

NAVA News 2, 2020

In the latest NAVA News, we take a look at the smallest scale of government and the big impacts it has on the arts.

Interview with Milo Tse: Hong Kong Artist Union 香港藝術家工會

In this interview NAVA spoke to Milo Tse of Hong Kong Artist Union about the challenges artists have faced in the current political landscape in Hong Kong, and the ways HKAU are supporting artists wanting to enact direct political change. 

Take local action for national impact

Image: Peter Drew AUSSIE posters. Photo by Wade Whitington.

Industry News February 2020

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, February 2020. 

NAVA and Art Month Sydney invite donations for a new Artists’ Benevolent Fund

Photo: Bert Flugelman, reflected in his public artwork The Spheres, Rundle Mall, Adelaide.

2020 policy agenda: Local, territory and state issues taking national prominence

Image: Esther Anatolitis at launch of the McKell Institute’s report Opportunities in Change: Responding to the Future of Work. Photograph by Anna Kučera, 2019.

IP Australia designs system review

IP Australia is currently conducting a survey to better understand the Australian design ecosystem and the role of intellectual property within it. 

January 2020

NAVA News 1, 2020

Welcome to the new decade - one in which artistic leadership will matter more than ever before.

New models for new times

Image: Karla Dickens Mother's little helper, 2019. Installation view, Three Views, curated by Djon Mundine, historic Amoured Casemates, Georges Head, Mosman Art Gallery January 2020. Photo by Tim Connolly.

Revising the Code of Practice

NAVA's approach to revising the Code of Practice aims to cover all key areas of the sector while at the same time acknowledging that these areas overlap and interact. Photo by Sia Duff.

NAVA's submission: Religious Freedom Bills

Read NAVA's submission to the Religious Freedom Bills – Second Exposure Drafts, we welcome you to use this as a starting point for yours. Deadline 31 January 2020.

Industry News January 2020

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, January 2020. 

Artists and Arts Organisations Taking Action to Support Bushfire Relief

As bushfires continue to burn, Australia’s art communities are rallying, giving, making and facilitating with generosity and general amazingness. 

NSW Artists' Grant Recipients Announced

The last round of NSW Artists’ Grants sees a total of $12,500 shared between 10 artists.

NAVA Communications Coordinator

We are currently looking for an experienced communicator to coordinate our Membership, advocacy and public-facing work so that we can achieve real and lasting change.

December 2019

What’s in a name change? The invisibility of the arts to the national agenda

Join the discussion using #invisiblearts and let your local member know what the national visibility of the arts means to you. 

End of the year, end of the decade

Image: Deborah Kelly 'My Sydney Summer' (2019 edit). Digital photomontage, size variable.

ARIs: What's Next for Artist Led Action?

(L-R) Hayley Pigram (Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative), Olivia Koh (recess), Robbie Handcock (play_station), Liam James (Sawtooth and Constance), Justine Youssef (NAVA and Pari) at Studio 65, Hobart. Photo by Lucy Parakhina.

Developing Arts Criticism Review

Reflecting on NAVA's recent conversation on developing visual arts criticism in Australia. 

Photo by Gianna Hayes.

Draft guidelines for Commissioning Art in Public Space

Feedback open until 20 January 2020.

Industry News November 2019

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, November 2019. 

November 2019

The future of art drives the future of work

(L-R) Tim Pallas, Treasurer, Victorian Government; Dominic Perrottet, Treasurer, NSW Government; Christine Stasi, Group Executive, People, Performance and Reputation, IAG; Sam Crosby, CEO, McKell Institute. Photograph by Anna Kučera.

Strength and courage from everyone at NAVA

Through this extreme fire emergency.

Education, professional development and lifelong learning

Image: Esther Anatolitis at NAVA's roundtable discussion on commissioning art in public space, RMIT, Melbourne 2018. Photo by Daniel Gardeazabal.

Best Practice: Commissioning Art in Public Space

NAVA is inviting feedback from artists and the sector on draft new guidelines for commissioning art in public space.

NAVA Response to Draft Pay Standards Feedback

Statement from the Chair of the NAVA Board, James Emmett, and Executive Director, Esther Anatolitis

Shivanjani Lal awarded the 2019 Carstairs Prize

The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) is pleased to announce Shivanjani Lal as the 2019 recipient of the $3,000 Carstairs Prize for socially engaged practice. An additional highly commended prize of $1,000 was awarded to Laura Jade. 

Industry News October 2019

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, October 2019.

October 2019

Artists respond to the climate crisis

NAVA asked several artists whose work deals directly and indirectly with the climate crisis to share their thoughts and ideas for our sector.

Q&A with Elizabeth Rogers

We caught up with Elizabeth Rogers, CEO of Regional Arts NSW about the upcoming Artstate Tamworth, 31 October - 3 November 2019.

Industry News September 2019

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, September 2019.

Update on the draft New Pay Standards for Artists & Arts Workers

NAVA's next steps in collaboration with the sector. Illustration by Emily Johnson.

NAVA Membership and Office Administrator

We’re looking for a smart, efficient arts administrator to join our team.

September 2019

Global Climate Strike

NAVA will be closed for the global climate strike on Friday 20 September 2019.

‘Creative’, ‘creativity’, ‘creative industries’

Image: Britt Salt, photo by Zan Wimberley 2017, courtesy of NAVA

Fair practice, fair pay, fair go

With the launch of the draft Pay Standards for Artists and Arts Workers for NAVA's revised Code of Practice, questions are being asked about what's fair?

Revision of NAVA's Fees & Wages Schedule

Image: Marnie Badham and Penelope Benton discuss artists' fees at NAVA's Best Practice: Commissioning Art in Public Space || Adelaide, June 2019. Photo by Sia Duff.

Industry News August 2019

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, August 2019.

August 2019

Rethinking the advocacy challenge: what comes after Arts Day on the Hill?

A week in Canberra meeting MPs back-to-back after two days of advocacy workshops proves to be a transformative experience – not just for the artists, but also, for the parliamentarians themselves.

Dale Collier receives the 2019 Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists

Albatross, 2019. Performance documentation. Digital Photograph on Aluminium Composite Board. 40 x 60cm.

Matthew Linde awarded The Freedman Foundation International Scholarship for Curators

Installation view Passageways: On Fashion's Runway, curated by Matthew Linde, 13 October – 2 December 2018 Kunsthalle Bern   

Maria Vamvakinou MP at Arts Day on the Hill launch

Maria Vamvakinou MP's speech, Arts Day on the Hill launch; Inauguration of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Contemporary Arts and Culture, 30 July 2019.

What comes after Arts Day on the Hill?

Your personal commitment to build a relationship with an MP.

Tony Burke to artists: “We don’t just respect and appreciate what you do, we need what you do.”

The Hon Tony Burke MP's speech, Arts Day on the Hill launch & Inauguration of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Contemporary Arts and Culture, 30 July 2019.

Let's Do This

This week we’ve been in Canberra resetting the national arts conversation and forming some important new relationships – and, goodness me, it’s been a big week.

Conversations: Arts Day on the Hill

Esther Anatolitis and Georgia Mokak joined our eight Arts Day On The Hill advocates to discuss the ways the Arts can become a greater priority in the national conversation.
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Industry News July 2019

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, July 2019.

July 2019

State of the arts: state by state

What does the state of Australia’s arts look like when we go state to state? How do they compare on policy positions and strategic directions that truly set artists at the centre? 

NAVA announces Arts Day on the Hill participants

Today NAVA announces the eight Arts Day on the Hill participants who will gather in Canberra during the Parliament’s winter sitting to set the contemporary arts agenda.

Change the Conversation From Surviving to Thriving

Bronwyn Bancroft, Time marches on, 2010 (cropped), mixed media. Courtesy of the artist and the Australian War Memorial.

Cultural Authority and Consultation

When seeking to engage with First Nations cultural heritage on any project, it should be expected that you consult with the appropriate cultural authority at each stage of research, development and production.

June 2019

Questions for Create NSW’s New Funding Model

Image: NSW Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin

Industry News June 2019

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, June 2019.

New questions for new times

Image: Eugenia Lim, ‘ON DEMAND’, 2019. Pedal-powered four-channel video installation. Commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre for ‘OK Democracy, we need to talk’. Photo by Document Photography

Industry development priorities for the new government

NAVA welcomes new arts minister Paul Fletcher and thanks Mitch Fifield for his service.

The 2019 Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists open for applications

Image: 2018 recipient, Fiona Foley, Mangrove studies 1 2018, gouache on water-colour paper. Photo by Mick Richards.

May 2019


After the massive month we’ve all just been through, take the time to reflect on you this month. The season is cool and rewards cosy self-care. It’s so important. 

Practicing Self-Care in the Arts

This guide provides some basic information and tips for practising self-care and maintaining good mental health.

Industry News May 2019

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, May 2019.

2019 Recipients of The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists Announced

Image: Laetitia Olivier-Gargano Finger Bun (2018). Silicone, polymer clay, bread, pigment, varnish. 15 x 8 x 6 cm approx.

Artists need NAVA

Support NAVA by filling in our annual Member survey, join or renew your Membership and/or make a tax deductible donation. 

NAVA welcomes new Government with unprecedented national action

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NAVA releases Election Report Card

UPDATED 14.05.2019 to reflect latest campaign commitments.

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Elections are now open for one Elected Representative - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Director

Recently the NAVA Board sought nominations for the elected Board representative position: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Director.