In this issue we look at freedom of expression
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Tenuous Freedoms

If you’re under the illusion that we have freedom of expression in Australia, think again. Gender, race and politics are a volatile mix. For this issue of Art Wires, NAVA asked for the observations of several artists whose work could be considered controversial.
By Tamara Winikoff. Read more.
Image: Pauline Pantsdown. Photo by Troy Coburn.

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On the theme of censorship, NAVA asked Scot Cotterell and John Vella to reflect on their experience when Scot’s artwork ‘Shitstorm’ elicited strong reactions from the students and staff of the Tasmanian College of the Arts in Hobart. Read more. 
Image: Shitstorm 2016, Scot Cotterell.

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The Public Body .01 

THE PUBLIC BODY .01 currently showing at Artspace, explores contemporary representations of the the naked and/or sexualised body.
Co-curator Talia Linz discusses the assessment of risk in context of this exhibition. Read more.
Image: THE PUBLIC BODY .01, 2016, installation view. Photo: Jessica Maurer

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Q&A with Michael Agzarian

We interviewed artist and graphic designer Michael Agzarian about his political poster series of Turnbull, Abbott, Hockey, Bishop and Brandis. Read more.
Photo: Brianna Munting 

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NAVA Artist File: Olga Cironis

Based in WA, Czech/Greek Australian artist Olga Cironis chats to NAVA about notions of belonging, identity, feminism, social constructs, and the way art can communicate without restriction. View here.
Photo: Peter Cheng

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What's On

What's On



Inside NAVA 



Beyond Rhetoric - 24 September, details HERE

This Melbourne forum will question gendering of opportunities and the role of the contemporary curator in light of the findings of the Elvis Richardson produced, CoUNTess Report.

Visual Arts Fellowship - due 8 October, apply HERE

The Visual Arts Fellowship supported by Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund and administered by NAVA, aims to assist exceptional mid-career Australian visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners to undertake a self directed program of professional development. Two $20,000 fellowships are open to individual mid-career artists and groups. 

NSW Artists' Grant - due 22 October, apply HERE

This NAVA grant is available to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners residing in NSW to produce, present and promote their work. Artists residing in regional NSW and Western Sydney are encouraged to apply.

Australian Artists' Grant - due 12 November, apply HERE

This NAVA grant is available to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners who are Australian citizens or permanent residents to produce, present and promote their work.

NAVA congratulates our recent grant recipients:
Carstairs Residency Prize: Shoufay Derz
The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists: Alice Couttoupes; Brigitte Hart; Olivia Koh; Anna McMahon; Georgia Saxelby 
Australian Artists' Grant: Naomi Blacklock; Martina Copley & Francesca Rendle-Short; Georgina Cue; Julie Gough, Robert O’Connor and Francisca Moenne; Tina Havelock-Stevens; Laura Hindmarsh; Travis John; Ross Manning

In the news

Wired In

In Government 
The Queensland Government through Arts Queensland has increased organisational funding to $30.5 million over four years. Meanwhile, discussions are going on in the NSW arts industry about the implications of a mooted merger between Arts NSW and Screen NSWMore here.

In Galleries
The Canberra Times has reported that about 20 staff at the National Gallery of Australia have been told their jobs are being terminated, an estimated 8% of its workforce. More Here.

In Organisations
The Arts Law Centre of Australia based in Sydney, has appointed Leah Flanagan as their new Artists in the Black program coordinator. More here.

In Education
After 10 years, Professor Colin Rhodes, Dean of the Sydney College of Arts (SCA) has resigned his position. More here.

More Wired In news here

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