NAVA seeks nominations for elected positions on its Board of Directors

Nominations close on 24 April 2024.

In accordance with the National Association for the Visual Arts Articles of Association, the NAVA Board seeks nominations for elected positions on its Board of Directors. 

There can be three Artists’ Representative Elected Directors and two Organisations’ Representative Elected Directors and no more than two elected Directors on the Board from any one state or territory.

The role of a Director is to promote good governance by assessing and monitoring strategy and risk. Boards take a holistic, long-term and sector-engaged view of the organisation, overseeing and supporting its work. A Board is not an artistic advisory committee; all Directors contribute equally to all aspects of decision-making. In seeking nominations from practising artists and arts workers, we seek candidates whose experience in contributing to high-level ethical decision-making might be evidenced via past Board, committee, ARI or advisory positions. These will be NAVA Members with strong sector standing and networks, able to activate relationships that extend NAVA's reach nationally in achieving its strategic goals. 

NAVA is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee that is governed by the Corporations Act (2001), and operates for the benefit of NAVA Members and the wider arts community. NAVA respects and values the willingness of Directors on the Board to make a voluntary commitment of their time. As well as seeking nominations via this open call, the NAVA Board actively invites nominations to ensure the organisation maintains the diversity required by the NAVA Articles and strategic priorities.

Nominations close on 24 April 2024. 

If an election is required, voting will open 1 May and close 19 May 2024.

A NAVA Board member is recognised by their peers as a confident advocate with a passion for visual arts, craft and design. Prospective Board members must be NAVA Premium, Premium Plus or Organisation Members who are nominated by another NAVA Premium, Premium Plus or Organisation Member. 

To discuss your interest in nominating, please email Penelope Benton, Executive Director, via 

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NAVA Board and staff at Buxton Contemporary, standing among Nadine Christensen: Around, curated by Samantha Comte, Senior Curator, Art Museums, the University of Melbourne. L-R: Lisa Radford (Artist Director), Holly Morrison (Finance and Operations Coordinator), Kate Joannou (Company Secretary), Michelle Vine (Deputy Chair), Penelope Benton (Executive Director), Georgie Cyrillo (Deputy Director), Clothilde Bullen (Chair), Abdul Abdullah (Artist Director), Anjli Punia (Treasurer), Sophia Sambono (Coopted Director), and Ryan Presley (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Director).

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and Knowledge Holders of the unceded lands on which we live, learn and work.

The NAVA community is based across hundreds of sovereign Nations and unceded lands throughout the continent that has become colonially known as Australia. NAVA pays our deepest respects to all Custodians of Country to whom these lands belong.

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first artists and storytellers on this continent, and pay respect to First Nations communities’ Ancestors and Elders.

Sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

NAVA seeks nominations for elected positions on its Board of Directors