NAVA’s work has been enriched by learnings from our recent consultations as part of revising the Code of Practice for the Professional Australian Visual Arts, Craft and Design Sector. Discussions consistently came back to the practice of care, investing in a diversity of voices across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the critical nature of informed consent and allowing time and space for people to consider and contribute.
The new Code opens with a section on First Nations which leads the Principles, Ethics and Rights chapter. This new introductory section bolsters the ethical framework of the Code and provides the sector with guidance on areas such as Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP), consultation practices, self-determination, cultural safety, employment and Reconciliation Action Plans.
The feedback received through our consultations has also formed the development of another new section titled Working with Art Centres. This section aims to provide relevant and useful recommendations for what non-Indigenous individuals and organisations should consider, understand and be sensitive to when proposing and engaging in collaborations, projects and partnerships with art centres. The draft of this new section is currently undergoing review by the art centre peak bodies, key service organisations and the art centres who participated in the consultations.
NAVA’s new Code of Practice is due to be released in September this year.