EOIs open for Code of Practice Writers

The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) is seeking writers to contribute to the major revision of its Code of Practice.

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ID: Three people are sitting all wearing black. The two people on the left are looking to the right listening to someone out of frame. The person on the right is writing in a note book. In the background is a pink banner with a white NAVA logo.

The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) is currently undertaking a major revision of its Code of Practice and aims to develop a comprehensive and accessible resource by employing a ‘payment-for-consultation’ model that centres the diversity of our arts communities and pays them directly as advisers, designers and co-authors.

NAVA is on the verge of completing final consultations for the revision and we are currently looking for writers to contribute to the remaining sub-sections of the Code chapters as summarised in the following list:

Principles, Ethics and Rights 
- Care
- Community Engagement
- Emergency Response and Disaster Preparedness
- Grievance and Dispute Resolution


- Exhibiting in Public Galleries
          - Loaning of existing work
          - Touring of existing work
- Hiring a Public Gallery Space

- Exhibition Royalties for Works in Collections 

 Selling and Marketing
- Art Fairs

Commissioning and Funding
- Commercial Commissions
- Private Commissions
- Temporary Public Art  

Artist Self Organisation
- Art Trails 

Awards, Prizes and Competitions 

NAVA respects the deep knowledge held by the sector. It's important that a range of specific, lived experiences of people contribute to this work. As such, we are looking to commission established writers who can demonstrate their previous or recent experience with their chosen subject area. 

Independent practitioners and arts workers are particularly encouraged to apply. 

NAVA encourages applicants from First Nations, culturally diverse, disability, d/Deaf, and/or marginalised communities to apply.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • a commission agreement 
  • a verbal brief for the section they are to draft 
  • access to compiled consultation outcomes and any Discussion Paper responses 
  • a series of online Writers Resources including a general writers brief, a topic-specific writers brief, a style guide, access to NAVA’s guides and fact sheets, and a sample chapter structure. 
  • a schedule of key dates and deadlines 
  • a mid-point check-in call to assess progress and any blockers  
  • feedback on a first draft
  • payment of 90c / word

How to apply

Applications close 23:59 AEDT Sunday 22 May, 2022. 

To express your interest please email Rhianna at rhianna@visualarts.net.au with the following:

  • a few sentences about your practice
  • which section/s you are interested and confident in writing on and why
  • any links to previous work both on this topic or other related work 
  • a CV
  • an indication of your availability between May and June 2022.
Logos for Australia Council for the Arts and NSW Government

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and the NSW Government through Create NSW.

EOIs open for Code of Practice Writers