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August 2018

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.

November 2017

NAVA's 2017 Visual Arts Fellowship and Australian Artists' Grant recipients announced

Image: Sarah Goffman, 'Excess' 2007. Found fabric, sewing machine, table installation view.

2017 Reflections

Esther Anatolitis reflects on strong themes in NAVA’s 2017 advocacy and the wider critical public issues.

Fair Pay for Artists: campaign update

Progress report on developments in NAVA's Fair Pay for Artists campaign.

HOBIENNALE

Conversations and take-aways for NAVA from the recent HOBIENNALE festival.

Wired In: December 2017

Find out who's coming and going in the arts in November / December 2017.

NAVA farewells Deputy Director Brianna Munting

Letter to members on marriage survey outcome

From NAVA's Chair and Executive Director

NAVA welcomes Kate Fielding’s New Approach

MEDIA RELEASE

October 2017

Hello from NAVA's new Executive Director

What an honour to be behind the Executive Director’s desk at this crucial organisation. It’s been a delightful day so far as I’ve been settling in, asking questions, and making plans with the impressive women who drive NAVA.

NAVA Book Club

NAVA’s Book Club, as part of Artspace Sydney’s Volume 2017 I Another Book Fair, invited people to connect and discuss Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocols, policies and rights.

Q&A with Nici Cumpston

Artistic Director of the Tarnanthi Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, 13 Oct 2017 - 28 Jan 2018, Adelaide.

Wired In: November 2017

Find out who's coming and going in the arts in October/November 2017.

Abdullah M. I. Syed wins the 2017 Carstairs Prize

Image: Abdullah M. I. Syed, Bucking: Sydney, 2015, live performance, Photography: Zan Wimberley, Image courtesy the artist and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia

Copyright Agency and Viscopy Merger

NSW Artists' Grant Recipients (Round 3) Announced

Round three of the funding program sees a total of $12,500 shared between 10 artists across NSW.

NAVA Marketing Coordinator

Unique opportunity for a dynamic, arts-loving and community-minded individual to join the NAVA team on a short-term basis and make an important contribution to Australia's leading arts advocacy organisation.

September 2017

Art Wires - October

NAVA's October 2017 Art Wires - Queer Identity and Equality is out now. View online here.

Choose Love Vote Yes

In response to the Liberal Governments decision to hold a national postal survey on marriage equality, over 40,000 people rallied in Sydney on Sept 10 in support on equal rights for the LGBTIQ+ community. Jenny Leong MP addressed the rally on behalf of The Greens.

Debates we don't need to have

NAVA asked several artists dealing both directly and indirectly with issues around queer identity and equality in their work to share their experiences of the Australian Marriage Survey.

Q&A with Van T Rudd

We chat to Melbourne-based artist and activist Van T Rudd about his murals, free speech and how he challenges the status quo.

Wired In: October 2017

Find out who's coming and going in the arts in October 2017.

August 2017

Art Wires - September

NAVA's September 2017 Art Wires - Art Fairs is out now. View online here.

Wired In: September 2017

Find out who's coming and going in the arts in September 2017

Q&A with Dick Quan

Dr Dick Quan is a highly respected collector of Australian and international art. We caught up with him to find out what he enjoys about art fairs.

Q&A Future Contemporary

We chat to participating Future Contemporary galleries showing at the upcoming Sydney Contemporary 7-10 September 2017 at Carriageworks.

11th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair

DAAF was held 11-13 August and showcased the work of over 50 art centres from across Australia. Executive Director, Claire Summers, shares the highlights of this year’s fair.

On Craft Cubed

Craft Cubed Festival is an annual celebration of the handmade and the biggest coming together of the craft and design sectors of its kind in Australia.

20th Anniversary Windmill Trust Exhibition

14 September to 22 October 2017 at the Maurice Chick Family & MacLeod-Miller Adamshurst Gallery, MAMA.