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.

Clare Armitage (NT), Selena de Carvalho (Tas) - photo by Phillip England, Nadeena Dixon (NSW) - photo by James Photographic Services, Shaun Edwards (Qld), Emma Fey (SA), Mish Grigor (Vic), Miranda Johnson (WA) and Rebecca Selleck (ACT).

“This smart, ambitious group of artists and arts leaders work across the expanded field that comprises contemporary arts practice including First Nations arts and culture, craft, design, painting, photography, sculpture, performance, curation and experimentation,” said Esther Anatolitis, Executive Director. “I’m looking forward to spending good time with these leading thinkers and I can’t wait to introduce them to our parliamentary decision-makers.”

The eight participants are: Clare Armitage (NT), Assistant Curator of Art at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory; Selena de Carvalho (Tas), experimental artist based in Lutruwrita; Nadeena Dixon (NSW), Gadigal/Wiradjuri/Yuin artist and master weaving practitioner based in Sydney; Shaun Edwards (Qld), Kokoberrin artist from Cape York known for his Wild Barra Clothing company; Emma Fey (SA), CEO of Guildhouse, South Australia’s peak body for visual artists, craftspeople and designers; Mish Grigor (Vic), maker, writer, performer and co-director of APHIDS; Miranda Johnson (WA), founding member of Cool Change Contemporary ARI and Curatorial Assistant at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts; Rebecca Selleck (ACT), Canberra-based artist with a focus on interactive sculpture and installation.

NAVA leads policy, advocacy and action for a contemporary arts sector that’s ambitious and fair. The three key pillars of our program focus on supporting artists, developing the industry and enriching the Australian culture. Arts Day on the Hill continues the work of August 2018’s Future/Forward (held in Canberra at the NGA and Parliament House), and April 2019’s Australian Cultural Policy: The Next Decade (held in Melbourne in partnership with Monash University’s Masters of Cultural & Creative Industries), by engaging decision-makers in critical issues with expertise and urgency.

Arts Day on the Hill is NAVA’s annual focus on national advocacy development for sustained government engagement with a long-term policy focus. This year’s Arts Day on the Hill is Wednesday 31 July.