News & Opinion

May 2020

NAVA News 5 2020

A strange set of divisions mar the way Australians relate to what we value most – and the more we look into it, the less sense those divisions make. 

Finding a new equilibrium in an increasingly precarious world

Image: Kay Abude, WORK WORTH DOING, Castlemaine State Festival 2019, hand silkscreen on linen, dimensions variable. Project supported by a 2018 Arts Vic Grant from Creative Victoria, LaTrobe Art Institute, Shedshaker Brewery and Taproom and The Mill Castlemaine. Photo by Kay Abude. 

Industry News May 2020

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, May 2020.

COVID-19 Action: What have we achieved so far?

Image: Artists in conversation at a NAVA roundtable. Photo by Document Photography, 2019.

The Clothing Store Statement: Carriageworks enters voluntary administration

Image: Sam Cranstoun, Utopia & Tom Mùller, GHOST LINE, fog generators, Carriageworks. Photo by Cherine Fahd.

April 2020

NAVA News 4 2020

If art creates the future, and politics is the art of the possible, then politicians have the fundamental duty to create Australia’s future. In this issue, we explore the opportunities we have to focus our voices on what comes next as we reset Australia – beyond any ‘new normal’ and towards a truly better place.

Elections are now open for three Artist Representatives and two Organisation Representatives on the NAVA Board

Recently the NAVA Board sought nominations for elected positions as Artist Representative members and Organisation Representative members.  

#CreateAustraliasFuture

Image: Giselle Stanborough, Cinopticon, Carriageworks. Photo by Mark Pokorny 2020.

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Notice of Annual General Meeting 2020

Notice of NAVA's Annual General Meeting, 2-3pm AEST Tuesday 26 May 2020.

'If our government wants cultural life to return, it must act now': an open letter from Australia's arts industry

Over 130 arts groups call on minister Paul Fletcher for urgent action over coronavirus hit to industry.

Industry News April 2020

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, April 2020. 

City of Sydney donates $83,000 to Artists’ Benevolent Fund

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March 2020

NAVA News 3, 2020

With the urgency of the world’s focus on protecting our lives at a scale we have never known, it can be difficult to put creative practice in perspective. This issue discusses the grounding role of art in world building futurisms.

Art creates the future

Image: Luke John Matthew Arnold, Don't Cancel Creativity, 2020. Digital illustration.

Creative industry letter to the Prime Minister, ministers and lord mayors on COVID-19 action

Image: Glenn Sloggett, Lose, 2019. Photo by J Forsyth.

Industry News March 2020

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, March 2020. 

NAVA seeks nominations for five elected positions on our Board of Directors

Nominations close on 24 April 2020. 

Second COVID-19 stimulus: what does it mean for the arts?

The Australian Government's second COVID-19 stimulus was announced on Sunday morning 22 March. What does it mean for us?

COVID-19: Minister Fletcher acts quickly to ensure whole-of-government response is informed by arts industry

The Hon Paul Fletcher met with arts leaders today to understand how best to support the industry amid the widespread economic impacts of COVID-19 across the sector.

February 2020

NAVA News 2, 2020

In the latest NAVA News, we take a look at the smallest scale of government and the big impacts it has on the arts.

Interview with Milo Tse: Hong Kong Artist Union 香港藝術家工會

In this interview NAVA spoke to Milo Tse of Hong Kong Artist Union about the challenges artists have faced in the current political landscape in Hong Kong, and the ways HKAU are supporting artists wanting to enact direct political change. 

Industry News February 2020

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, February 2020. 

NAVA and Art Month Sydney invite donations for a new Artists’ Benevolent Fund

Photo: Bert Flugelman, reflected in his public artwork The Spheres, Rundle Mall, Adelaide.

IP Australia designs system review

IP Australia is currently conducting a survey to better understand the Australian design ecosystem and the role of intellectual property within it. 

January 2020

NAVA News 1, 2020

Welcome to the new decade - one in which artistic leadership will matter more than ever before.

Revising the Code of Practice

NAVA's approach to revising the Code of Practice aims to cover all key areas of the sector while at the same time acknowledging that these areas overlap and interact. Photo by Sia Duff.

Industry News January 2020

Latest industry news from the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, January 2020. 

NSW Artists' Grant Recipients Announced

The last round of NSW Artists’ Grants sees a total of $12,500 shared between 10 artists.

NAVA Communications Coordinator

We are currently looking for an experienced communicator to coordinate our Membership, advocacy and public-facing work so that we can achieve real and lasting change.

December 2019

Draft guidelines for Commissioning Art in Public Space

Feedback open until 20 January 2020.

Industry News November 2019

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

November 2019

Strength and courage from everyone at NAVA

Through this extreme fire emergency.

Best Practice: Commissioning Art in Public Space

NAVA is inviting feedback from artists and the sector on draft new guidelines for commissioning art in public space.

NAVA Response to Draft Pay Standards Feedback

Statement from the Chair of the NAVA Board, James Emmett, and Executive Director, Esther Anatolitis

Shivanjani Lal awarded the 2019 Carstairs Prize

The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) is pleased to announce Shivanjani Lal as the 2019 recipient of the $3,000 Carstairs Prize for socially engaged practice. An additional highly commended prize of $1,000 was awarded to Laura Jade. 

Industry News October 2019

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

October 2019

Q&A with Elizabeth Rogers

We caught up with Elizabeth Rogers, CEO of Regional Arts NSW about the upcoming Artstate Tamworth, 31 October - 3 November 2019.

Industry News September 2019

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

Update on the draft New Pay Standards for Artists & Arts Workers

NAVA's next steps in collaboration with the sector. Illustration by Emily Johnson.

NAVA Membership and Office Administrator

We’re looking for a smart, efficient arts administrator to join our team.

September 2019

Global Climate Strike

NAVA will be closed for the global climate strike on Friday 20 September 2019.

Revision of NAVA's Fees & Wages Schedule

Image: Marnie Badham and Penelope Benton discuss artists' fees at NAVA's Best Practice: Commissioning Art in Public Space || Adelaide, June 2019. Photo by Sia Duff.

Industry News August 2019

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

August 2019

Dale Collier receives the 2019 Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists

Albatross, 2019. Performance documentation. Digital Photograph on Aluminium Composite Board. 40 x 60cm.

Matthew Linde awarded The Freedman Foundation International Scholarship for Curators

Installation view Passageways: On Fashion's Runway, curated by Matthew Linde, 13 October – 2 December 2018 Kunsthalle Bern   

Maria Vamvakinou MP at Arts Day on the Hill launch

Maria Vamvakinou MP's speech, Arts Day on the Hill launch; Inauguration of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Contemporary Arts and Culture, 30 July 2019.

Tony Burke to artists: “We don’t just respect and appreciate what you do, we need what you do.”

The Hon Tony Burke MP's speech, Arts Day on the Hill launch & Inauguration of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Contemporary Arts and Culture, 30 July 2019.

Conversations: Arts Day on the Hill

Esther Anatolitis and Georgia Mokak joined our eight Arts Day On The Hill advocates to discuss the ways the Arts can become a greater priority in the national conversation.
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Industry News July 2019

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

July 2019

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.

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

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

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Industry spotlight: policy expectations of Australia’s arts experts

Photo by Sarah Walker

NAVA releases Election Report Card

UPDATED 14.05.2019 to reflect latest campaign commitments.

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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.