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June 2019

Industry News June 2019

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, June 2019.

The 2019 Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists open for applications

Image: 2018 recipient, Fiona Foley, Mangrove studies 1 2018, gouache on water-colour paper. Photo by Mick Richards.

May 2019

Exhale.

After the massive month we’ve all just been through, take the time to reflect on you this month. The season is cool and rewards cosy self-care. It’s so important. 

Practicing Self-Care in the Arts

This guide provides some basic information and tips for practising self-care and maintaining good mental health.

Industry News May 2019

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, May 2019.

2019 Recipients of The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists Announced

Image: Laetitia Olivier-Gargano Finger Bun (2018). Silicone, polymer clay, bread, pigment, varnish. 15 x 8 x 6 cm approx.

Artists need NAVA

Support NAVA by filling in our annual Member survey, join or renew your Membership and/or make a tax deductible donation. 

NAVA welcomes new Government with unprecedented national action

Media Release

NAVA releases Election Report Card

UPDATED 14.05.2019 to reflect latest campaign commitments.

NAVA premium

Elections are now open for one Elected Representative - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Director

Recently the NAVA Board sought nominations for the elected Board representative position: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Director.

April 2019

Artistic courage

With the federal election coming up on Saturday 18 May, NAVA is calling on all parties to Invest in Artistic Courage

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2019

Notice of NAVA's Annual General Meeting, 2pm Tuesday 28 May 2019.

How to use the NAVA Advocacy Toolkit

NAVA is calling on all parties to Invest in Artistic Courage and we need your help – all tens of thousands of you! – to get that message directly to your local member. 

Industry News April 2019

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, April 2019.

Why can’t a $7.1bn surplus fund a $7.1bn vision?

Media Release

Call for NAVA Board Nominations - Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Director

Nominations close 2 May 2019.

March 2019

NAVA’s team strengthened by two new experts

NAVA welcomes Rebecca Conroy and Georgia Mokak to the national team dedicated to achieving a contemporary arts sector that’s ambitious and fair.

The federal budget: it just doesn’t add up

Art and Economics

Bek Conroy, Dating an Economist, 2015. Luminary Arts, St Louis Missouri, USA. Credit: Brea McAnally

Industry News March 2019

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, March 2019.

February 2019

More Powerful Together

Image: Salote Tawale with Get to Work, as part of Making History by Barbara Cleveland (2016) commissioned for the 20th Biennale of Sydney The future is already here ­– it’s just not evenly distributed. Photo by Jessica Maurer.

Hopes, vision and fears

APHIDS co-directors: Mish Grigor, Eugenia Lim and Lara Thoms on their hopes, visions and fears in this election year, and their intent on working together as a reaction against a singular vision.

Industry News February 2019

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, February 2019.

Artists' Fees & Payments Survey

NAVA needs your help to benchmark artist payments nationally and update our Fees & Payments Schedule for the benefit of artists and organisations across Australia.

NAVA Campaign Coordinator

We’re looking for a smart, activist communicator to coordinate key aspects of our Membership, advocacy and other public-facing work so that we can achieve real change. 

January 2019

2019 in the arts: Get ready for a big year

Image: 'Grandstanding: A reconfigurable future' at MPavilion 2017. Photo by Bec Capp.

A Government of Artists

Image: Deep Soulful Sweats by Rebecca Jensen, Sarah Aiken, Natalie Abbott & Janine Proost, Next Wave Festival 2014. Image by Sarah Walker.

Industry News January 2019

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, January 2019.

December 2018

NAVA deeply concerned about continued Create NSW funding delays

The latest Arts & Cultural Projects funding round from Create NSW is still yet to be announced.

Arts sector calls for new Artistic Investment Framework to rethink and replace Major Performing Arts Framework

Sector organisations from across Australia are calling for a rethink of the Major Performing Arts Framework currently under review, following the recent close of submissions towards a national consultation

November 2018

2018 Reflections

Esther Anatolitis reflects on NAVA's year of advocacy and campaign work. Photo by Tanja Bruckner.

Your voice is a national voice: NAVA Members speak up

NAVA will be submitting responses to these upcoming consultations and encourages you to add your voice to help ensure that arts and cultural policy is well informed and effective in developing ambitious and fair working conditions.

Industry News November 2018

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, November 2018.

NAVA calls for new Artistic Investment Framework to replace Major Performing Arts Framework

The National Association for the Visual Arts today calls for the establishment of a new Artistic Investment Framework to replace the Major Performing Arts Framework currently under review. 

Victorian Election Report Card

Victoria votes on 24 November 2018.

What arts and culture vision do the major parties offer?

Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley and Dr Alex Gawronski awarded NAVA Visual Arts Fellowship 2018

Image: Burchill/McCamley, Simone Weil 2017. Vinyl lettering, nail and rope (left); 24/7 shield (centre) Brutopia (right). TCB, Melbourne.

October 2018

Ambitious and Fair

What would it mean to be part of a contemporary arts sector that’s ambitious and fair?

ARIs setting the bar by paying artists

This month we’re focusing on what it means to be both Ambitious and Fair in the way we work in this industry. What are the sacrifices we’ve made and how are we working toward a thriving and supportive industry?

Industry News October

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, October 2018.

Torika Bolatagici awarded the 2018 Carstairs Prize

Torika Bolatagici receives the Carstairs Prize.

Celebrating two years of NAVA Queensland

Today NAVA’s current Queensland project work draws to a close, and sadly, we farewell Sophie Chapman as Queensland Program Coordinator.

September 2018

Strengthening the status of the artist

Image by Zandi Dandizette for CARFAC National.

Let's Champion Regional Arts

This month – with Artlands Victoria at its heart, and Artstate Bathurst following early in November – we’re focusing on regional arts and regional artists.

Industry News September

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, September 2018.

NAVA responds to South Australia’s shift in arts policy

Media Release

NAVA Visits Canada and the US to Investigate World’s Best Practice Models for Australian Artists

Tomorrow NAVA’s Executive Director, Esther Anatolitis, will travel to Canada and the US to meet with counterpart organisations, artists and advocates with thanks to an IGNITE Grant from the Copyright Agency.

August 2018

First Nations need a Voice, not an envoy

The Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (JSC) is seeking additional submissions until 17 September 2018.

A Code that Champions Best Practice

Ensuring that national best practice standards are well understood has become a matter of urgency.

Photo: Zan Wimberley

Buyer's Bias

Let’s talk about conscious and unconscious bias when buying at the art fair. Do you make a conscious effort to support marginalised or under represented artists? If you haven’t decided to, then why?

Industry News August

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, August 2018.

Proposed overhaul of the ABN system

In 2018, Treasury sought feedback on possible changes to the ABN system. 

Artists call for a contemporary arts sector that’s ambitious and fair

Media Release - Post-Future/Forward

Image: Zan Wimberley

Artistic courage: our strategic plan

Image: Tony Albert, David C Collins and Kieran Smythe-Jackson, Warakurna Superheroes #5 2017, archival pigment print on paper, 100 x 150cm

‘Strengthening’ the MPA Framework

The Australian Government is calling for responses to a survey on “how to strengthen the Major Performing Arts Framework.”

July 2018

Let’s do this.

Future/Forward is all about national standards and navigating the politics of policy change. What do we need to get right for a contemporary arts sector that’s ambitious and fair? What’s it going to take to make that happen?

Industry News July

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, July 2018.

NAVA Visual Arts Fellowship recipients to showcase work at Centre for Contemporary Photography

Image: Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, Geography Becomes Territory Becomes, 2018. 8-channel HD video installation, non-sync playback, 14 minutes. 

City of Melbourne Creative Strategy

Here are some questions for artists, organisations, workers and residents to consider in responding to the draft in writing or via consultation sessions:

Black Art

Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman, Nayuka Gorrie draws on Beyoncé and Jay Z's new album to question the art of 'making it', for black bodies in white spaces.

June 2018

Industry News June

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, June 2018.

Dr Fiona Foley receives the 2018 Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists

Image: Fiona Foley, Flotsam and Jetsam #11, 2011. Gouache and graphite on Arches paper 31x41cm

An investment in the public good

What does the future hold for art in the public space? Who or what is the public? And how do we understand the relationship between art and the public good?

Towards national standards for art in the public space

The overwhelming majority of disputes that seek NAVA’s support are about public art projects. 

Industry News May-June

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, May / June 2018.