NAVA campaign highlights

Image: NAVA's Deputy Director, Brianna Munting addressing the National Day of Action for the Arts rally in Newtown on 17 June 2016. Photo by Anne Zahalka.

May 2016

Arts Policy & Funding Cuts

  • NAVA wrote to the Australia Council and the Arts Minister on behalf of the four peak artform service organisations which lost their operational funding – in dance, drama, music and visual arts (that’s us)
  • Launched #SAVEnava campaign in immediate response to loss of our Australia Council four-year funding (from 2017 onwards) including the Save NAVA Petition with 1,690 signatures
  • Tamara Winikoff appeared on ABC TV news, ABC news 24, and ABC TV the Mix following news of small to mediums missing out on four-year funding
  • In partnership with Artspace, Sydney, NAVA held two town-hall style public meetings ‘Let’s Talk’ and ‘Let’s Talk Art Futures’ discussing the current state of the arts


  • NAVA distributed an online survey on copyright
  • NAVA sent a submission in response to the Productivity Commission’s Intellectual Property Arrangements Draft Report, advising the government of the deleterious impact on artists of a change from the current ‘fair dealing’ to a ‘fair use’ system:


  • On behalf of ArtsPeak, wrote to the Meeting of Cultural Ministers Officials in relation to the proposed Australia Council research into service organisations

June 2016

Pre- election Actions

  • Where they existed, NAVA analysed the arts policies of the political parties
  • NAVA sent a list of key arts policy recommendations to all political parties
  • As Co-convenor of ArtsPeak, Tamara Winikoff introduced the National Arts Debate at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne on Wednesday 8 June 2016 with 3 speakers; Arts Minister, Mitch Fifield, Shadow Arts Minister Mark Dreyfus and arts spokesperson for the Australian Greens Adan Bandt
  • Started the Art Changes Lives #Istandwiththearts campaign and online petition with over 19,240 signatures
  • Coordinated in partnership with the MCA, the National Day of Action for the arts press conference at the MCA, Sydney which generated media coverage in The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age, The Australia, TimeOut Sydney, FBi Radio, ArtsHub, Art Almanac, Hyperallergic and Artforum online
  • The NAVA team recorded voxpops with members of the public on the National Day of Action at the MCA to send to arts leaders pre-election, view online here
  • NAVA team helped organise the National Day of Action demonstration outside PM Malcolm Turnbull’s office in Sydney
  • Produced National Day of Action for the arts toolkit which was widely utilised in arts sector campaigning in the lead up to the election
  • Produced Federal Election toolkit which was utilised pre-election by arts sector


  • Tamara Winikoff spoke at Sydney public hearing by the Productivity Commission in relation to its Intellectual Property Arrangements Draft Report

July 2016

Sydney Art Schools Crisis

  • NAVA wrote a letter to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney copied to the University of NSW Vice Chancellor and heads of the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) and UNSW Art and Design art schools expressing our concern at the proposed closure of Sydney College of the Arts (SCA). Another letter was written to the USYD Senate requesting a meeting
  • NAVA delegation met with Professor Stephen Garton, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sydney re: proposed SCA and UNSWA&D ‘merger’
  • NAVA held 2 arts sector closed roundtable consultations with students and staff of the three art schools SCA, UNSWA&D and the National Art School


  • Tamara Winikoff met with the Australia Council’s Head of Research Lisa Walsh and Steve Thomson, Director of Strategy and Planning to discuss the work being undertaken by the Council on service organisations and on small to medium arts organisations

Arts Landscape

  • In partnership with Artspace, Sydney, NAVA has organised another town-hall style public meetings ‘Let’s Talk CAOS’ discussing the situation for contemporary art organisations
  • Tamara Winikoff is a speaker in a panel discussion at the Sydney Opera House on ‘State of the Arts’

Selected media mentions

Art Almanac, National Day of Action – Support the Arts, 15 June

Andrew Taylor, Election 2016: Arts sector launches National Day of Arts Action campaign, Sydney Morning Herald, 15 June

Steph Harmon, National day of action: art and theatre join forces to make culture an election issue, The Guardian, 15 June

Dee Jefferson, Love the arts? Prove it this Friday, TimeOut Sydney, 15 June

Richard Watts, National day of action to be held this Friday, ArtsHub, 15 June

Debbie Cuthbertson and Andrew Taylor, Election 2016: National day of action kicks off campaign against 'ritual sacrifice of the arts, Sydney Morning Herald, 16 June

Matthew Westwood, Arts groups, artists rally against funding cuts, The Australian, 16 June 2016

Australian Arts Community Protests $224 Million Cut to Federal Arts Budget, ArtForum, 29 June 2016
Claire Voon, Australian Arts Community Campaigns Against Federal Budget Cuts, Hyperallergic, 28 June 2016