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Parallels - Journeys into Contemporary Making

In partnership with NGV, National Craft Initiative presented Parallels – Journeys into Contemporary Making an international event exploring the future of contemporary craft and design.

Let's Talk About Curating, Baby

By examining a variety of curatorial approaches this forum unpacked the debates and tensions of what it means to be a contemporary curator in Australia today - with Zanny Begg, Michael Dagostino, Blair French and Tulleah Pearce and chaired by Nicholas Tsoutas

Jess Scully

Jess Scully is a curator, policy thinker, festival director and media producer with a focus on the arts, creative industries, and engaging communities in the public realm. Jess chats to NAVA about what it means to run a festival and how curators work across many different platforms.

Owen Leong

Owen Leong is a contemporary artist exploring the transmission of culture and the body as a physical site of exchange. In this video Owen talks to NAVA about networks and skills developed through actively participating across the arts sector.

Karen Therese

Karen Therese is a creative producer and artist; her work is grounded in performance, political activism and community building.

Karen chats to NAVA about working with communities and across artistic disciplines.


Province is the cross-disciplinary collaboration between Laura Pike and Anne-Louise Dadak. Province chats to NAVA about their collaborative practice that crosses spatial and site-specific design, large scale public art and finely detailed visual identity and creative direction.

Future/Forward: Dr Hong-hee Kim

Dr Hong-hee Kim is an art historian, curator and critic based in Korea and is currently the Director of Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA). In this video, Dr Hong-hee Kim discusses what arts organisations of the future look like as part of her keynote presentation at NAVA's Future/Forward Summit on Friday 7 November 2014 at Carriageworks, NSW.

Future/Forward: Is arts advocacy working?

The panel session, 'Is arts advocacy working? What roles can/do individuals and organisations play?', includes Vernon Ah Kee, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE and Kelli McCluskey, with Dr Pippa Dickson as facilitator. This session was recorded at NAVA's Future/Forward summit on Friday 7 November 2014 at Carriageworks, NSW.

Future/Forward: When is censorship justified?

The panel session, When is censorship justified?, includes Dr Peter Bowden, Julian Burnside AO QC and Associate Professor Robert Nelson, with Dr Zanny Begg as facilitator. It was recorded at the Future/Forward summit on Thursday 6 November 2014 at Carriageworks, Sydney.

Future/Forward: Nikos Papastergiadis

Professor Nikos Papastergiadis is Director of the Research Unit in Public Cultures and Professor at the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Nikos presented the keynote session 'Do we live in a borderless world?' at NAVA's Future/Forward summit on Thursday 6 November 2014 at Carriageworks, Sydney.

George Poonkhin Khut

George Poonkhin Khut is an Australian artist and interaction-designer working across the fields of electronic art, design and health. In this video George discusses the ways artists can build relationships and opportunities in other industries outside of the arts.

Kelli McCluskey

Kelli McCluskey is an artist and co-founder of tactical media art group, pvi collective [est 1998] and is head girl at CIA studios. She chats with NAVA about the ways artists can advocate for change.

Keg De Souza

Keg de Souza has an interdisciplinary arts practice that is socially engaged and often collaborative. She works across many media including inflatable architecture, video, installation, performance and artist's books. Keg talks to NAVA about the unique opportunities and methodologies for developing collaborative practices in a national and international context.

Bridie Moran

Bridie Moran is the former Program Manager for the National Craft Initiative. In this video she provides craft practitioners with some tips and tricks for finding stockists for their work.

Kim Fasher

Kim Fasher is a Sydney based artist/curator. Kim chats to NAVA about working on projects and sites that exist outside the gallery space.

Oliver Watts

Oli Watts is a Sydney-based artist, lecturer and curator, who works across a range of media including painting, collage and video. NAVA spoke to Oli about how artists actually make a living from their practice.

Sebastian Goldspink

Sebastian talks to NAVA about the process of setting up Alaska and the role artist run initiatives have in supporting experimental practices.

Rochelle Haley

Rochelle Haley is a professional artists who has continually expanded her practice through national and international residency opportunities in Australia, Asia and Europe she chats to NAVA about the importance of residencies for developing artistic practice.

Sarah O'Sullivan

Sarah chats to NAVA about the ways artists can use social media to generate new opportunities and exposure outside of the gallery environment.

Michaela Gleave

In this video Michaela discusses her top tips for writing grant applications and expanding your art practice.

Mark Shorter

Mark chats to NAVA about funding and discusses the importance of pursuing your arts practice in the face of adversity.

Eliza Muldoon

Academic Eliza Muldoon chats to NAVA about what it means to be part of the craft community.

Alex Wisser

Alex Wisser chats to NAVA about establishing Cementa - a biennial contemporary arts festival that takes place in the post-industrial town of Kandos NSW.

Bonnie Lane

Bonnie Lane talks to NAVA about her art practice and Freedman Foundation Scholarship funded trip to the U.S. to undertake several residencies and internships.