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December 2018

Arts sector calls for new Artistic Investment Framework to rethink and replace Major Performing Arts Framework

Sector organisations from across Australia are calling for a rethink of the Major Performing Arts Framework currently under review, following the recent close of submissions towards a national consultation

Arts and culture priorities? Academic leadership in a policy vacuum

A nation’s cultural policy is its most confident document.

November 2018

2018 Reflections

Esther Anatolitis reflects on NAVA's year of advocacy and campaign work. Photo by Tanja Bruckner.

Your voice is a national voice: NAVA Members speak up

NAVA will be submitting responses to these upcoming consultations and encourages you to add your voice to help ensure that arts and cultural policy is well informed and effective in developing ambitious and fair working conditions.

Industry News November 2018

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, November 2018.

NAVA calls for new Artistic Investment Framework to replace Major Performing Arts Framework

The National Association for the Visual Arts today calls for the establishment of a new Artistic Investment Framework to replace the Major Performing Arts Framework currently under review. 

Victorian Election Report Card

Victoria votes on 24 November 2018.

What arts and culture vision do the major parties offer?

Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley and Dr Alex Gawronski awarded NAVA Visual Arts Fellowship 2018

Image: Burchill/McCamley, Simone Weil 2017. Vinyl lettering, nail and rope (left); 24/7 shield (centre) Brutopia (right). TCB, Melbourne.

October 2018

Ambitious and Fair

What would it mean to be part of a contemporary arts sector that’s ambitious and fair?

ARIs setting the bar by paying artists

This month we’re focusing on what it means to be both Ambitious and Fair in the way we work in this industry. What are the sacrifices we’ve made and how are we working toward a thriving and supportive industry?

Q&A Blak Curatorial Exchange

NAVA talks to Blak Curatorial Exchange program mentors, Freja Carmichael, Jo-Anne Driessens and Amanda Hayman about some of the highlights of the program.

Industry News October

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, October 2018.

Torika Bolatagici awarded the 2018 Carstairs Prize

Torika Bolatagici receives the Carstairs Prize.

Celebrating two years of NAVA Queensland

Today NAVA’s current Queensland project work draws to a close, and sadly, we farewell Sophie Chapman as Queensland Program Coordinator.

September 2018

Strengthening the status of the artist

Image by Zandi Dandizette for CARFAC National.

Let's Champion Regional Arts

This month – with Artlands Victoria at its heart, and Artstate Bathurst following early in November – we’re focusing on regional arts and regional artists.

Q&A Ben Tupas

NAVA chats to Ben Tupas about LIT Festival and working in Toowoomba.

Q&A Grace Dewar

NAVA chats to Grace Dewar about the impact of the First Coat festival in  Toowoomba its future.

Aleshia Lonsdale

NAVA recently talked with artist, Aboriginal Arts Development Officer of Arts OutWest and speaker at Artstate Bathurst, Aleshia Lonsdale. 

Industry News September

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, September 2018.

NAVA responds to South Australia’s shift in arts policy

Media Release

NAVA Visits Canada and the US to Investigate World’s Best Practice Models for Australian Artists

Tomorrow NAVA’s Executive Director, Esther Anatolitis, will travel to Canada and the US to meet with counterpart organisations, artists and advocates with thanks to an IGNITE Grant from the Copyright Agency.

August 2018

First Nations need a Voice, not an envoy

The Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (JSC) is seeking additional submissions until 17 September 2018.

A Code that Champions Best Practice

Ensuring that national best practice standards are well understood has become a matter of urgency.

Photo: Zan Wimberley

Buyer's Bias

Let’s talk about conscious and unconscious bias when buying at the art fair. Do you make a conscious effort to support marginalised or under represented artists? If you haven’t decided to, then why?

Q&A Cut Thumb ARI

NAVA chats with Lu Forsberg and Callum McGrath to discuss highlights of an ARI mentorship program held in Qld.

Industry News August

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, August 2018.

Proposed overhaul of the ABN system

Treasury is currently seeking feedback on possible changes to the ABN system. 

Artists call for a contemporary arts sector that’s ambitious and fair

Media Release - Post-Future/Forward

Image: Zan Wimberley

Artistic courage: our strategic plan

Image: Tony Albert, David C Collins and Kieran Smythe-Jackson, Warakurna Superheroes #5 2017, archival pigment print on paper, 100 x 150cm

‘Strengthening’ the MPA Framework

The Australian Government is calling for responses to a survey on “how to strengthen the Major Performing Arts Framework.”

July 2018

Let’s do this.

Future/Forward is all about national standards and navigating the politics of policy change. What do we need to get right for a contemporary arts sector that’s ambitious and fair? What’s it going to take to make that happen?

Industry News July

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, July 2018.

NAVA Visual Arts Fellowship recipients to showcase work at Centre for Contemporary Photography

Image: Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, Geography Becomes Territory Becomes, 2018. 8-channel HD video installation, non-sync playback, 14 minutes. 

City of Melbourne Creative Strategy

Here are some questions for artists, organisations, workers and residents to consider in responding to the draft in writing or via consultation sessions:

Black Art

Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman, Nayuka Gorrie draws on Beyoncé and Jay Z's new album to question the art of 'making it', for black bodies in white spaces.

June 2018

Q&A with Janina Harding

We caught up with Janina Harding, Artistic Director of CIAF for a quick chat.

Image: Sid Bruce Shortjoe, Janina Harding, Kristen Fagan. Blueclick Photography.

Q&A with Carly Lane and Andrea May Churcher

Image: Michael Cook, INVASION (Laser girls) 2017, digital print, 135 x 200cm. Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane.

Industry News June

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, June 2018.

Dr Fiona Foley receives the 2018 Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists

Image: Fiona Foley, Flotsam and Jetsam #11, 2011. Gouache and graphite on Arches paper 31x41cm

An investment in the public good

What does the future hold for art in the public space? Who or what is the public? And how do we understand the relationship between art and the public good?

Towards national standards for art in the public space

The overwhelming majority of disputes that seek NAVA’s support are about public art projects. 

Industry News May-June

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, May / June 2018.

May 2018

NSW sector service share concerns on Create NSW funding and offer advice to prevent future delays

Joint statement from NAVA, Playwriting Australia, Theatre Network NSW and Regional Arts NSW.

NAVA statement on Create NSW funding announcement delays

NAVA responds to concerns raised by Members.

NAVA Executive Assistant

This is an ideal role for someone seeking mentorship through a career in arts management through high-level arts leadership exposure. 

NAVA Welcomes New Board Members

NAVA today welcomed newly-elected board members Ionat Zurr and Peter White, and re-elected board members Sally Smart, Michael Zavros and Hannah Mathews, as the result of the recent Members’ ballot.

National vision neglected: NAVA responds to the Federal Budget

Media Release. 

GENDER EQUITY: Next steps

An update from NAVA two months after releasing our open letter: ‘Dear Person I’ve Been Reluctant To Keep Engaging With But Have Had To For Professional Reasons’.

NAVA premium

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

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

April 2018

A handy guide to reading government budget documents

NAVA has asked me to write a handy guide to reading government budget documents. So, here goes. 

The Budget as Cultural Text

This month, we ask, how best to read the Budget as a cultural text?

Industry News Apr-May

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, April / May 2018.

Arnold Bloch Leibler and NAVA announce new partnership

Photo by Daniel Gardeazabal

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2018

Notice of NAVA's Annual General Meeting, 10-11am Tuesday 29 May 2018.

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

Pictured: NAVA's Deputy Chair, Sally Smart. Photo by Jennifer Brankin, POLIXENNI PHOTOGRAPHY. 

Recipients of the NSW Artists' Grant (Round 1) announced

Image: Thom and Angelmouse, Rush Hour at Cloud Heaven (excerpt), 2017, 3-channel video installation, 16:9, stereo sound, 5 minutes.

Vale Polixeni Papapetrou

On behalf of everyone at NAVA, our heartfelt condolences, love and strength to the family and friends mourning the loss of Polixeni Papapetrou. 

On Soda_Jerk's TERROR NULLIUS

The history of humanity is not the telling of stories but their retelling: perversely, the retelling of a story can have considerably more power than its incarnation, its first telling or its truth.

March 2018

Media Release: 2018 Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists now open for applications

Image: 2017 Scholarship recipients, Rachel Peachey and Paul Mosig This / That, 2016. Print on cotton rag, 75 x 100cm (Artbank collection 2017)

Owning the right to your own work

This month we are contributing to a lot of conversations about copyright, intellectual property and our right to our own work.

Q&A with Dr Oliver Watts

We chat with the inaugural artist director on the Copyright Agency board, Dr Oliver Watts, about the benefits and implications of copyright, as well as new and existing initiatives for visual artists.

Industry News Mar-Apr

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, March / April 2018.

Back Your Own Horse

NAVA strongly supports ambitious philanthropy that encourages artists to share in that ambition – extending it further than its friends, supporters and funders could possibly have imagined. 

Media Release: The first South Australian arts policy in twenty years?

NAVA Report Card for SA election

February 2018

Media Release: A vision for arts and culture?

NAVA releases Report Card for Tasmanian state election.

Gender Equity - March 2018

It’s International Women’s Day this month – and that means a whole month of focus on gender equity at NAVA. 

Q&A with Paola Balla

We speak with Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara woman, artist, curator and researcher, Paola Balla, on feminism and her recent projects.

Industry News Feb-Mar

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, February / March 2018.

Media Release: artsagenda

From today, artists are informing Parliament’s first sitting week with their passions, concerns and bold expectations for addressing the nation’s key priorities. 

January 2018

#artsagenda

Join NAVA in building a critical mass of advocacy for the arts during the first sitting week of Parliament – setting a confident national agenda that’s led by artists.

Q&A with the Artists' Committee

The Artists’ Committee is an informal association of artists and arts workers that makes collaborative public work around the intersection of money, ethics and culture.

Industry News

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, January / February 2018.

NAVA Communications Strategy Coordinator

Apply your communications strategy and media nous in this new role and propel contemporary arts onto the national agenda. This is a rare opportunity to be both hands-on and strategic, working closely with a small team for big impact on arts policy, creative practice and artists’ rights.