In this issue of Art Wires we look at New Year's Resolutions 

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Commissioned Article

The Art of Elections

As 2016 cranks into gear attention turns to the federal election and what it will mean for the arts in Australia. In 2015 the arts sector showed it has real political muscle. The sector gained a lot of respect and some important new allies. How should we focus this power to the greatest benefit in an election year? What should be our priorities and strategies? Read more. By Sarah Moynihan and Norm Horton. 

Image: Proximity Festival 2014. Photo by Tarryn Gill. Courtesy of Proximity Festival. 

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Catcalling bad behaviour  

Dr Jacqueline Millner proposes an ongoing resolve for 2016: a continuing and growing commitment to call out sexism wherever and whenever you encounter it in the visual arts. Read more

Image: detail of Mish Meijers and Tricky Walsh, Angry Ladies, 2015, video still, 2:03 mins duration; image courtesy the artists.

Commissioned Article

Australian Charter for the Arts 

Drafted by a small group of arts practitioners and arts workers, the Australian Charter for the Arts offers 7 core principles which aim to ensure that the mechanisms and support for the arts in Australia facilitates a strong, diverse and vibrant sector, now and in the future. The Charter is also an advocacy tool. The feedback period for contributions to the Charter ends on 31 January. Read more.

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NAVA Membership Offer 

Thanks to our media partner, 
Art Monthly Australia we have 20 copies of their bumper summer edition 'Feminism Now' to giveaway to the first 20 new/renewing NAVA Premium Members signing up for a one year membership. Enter "ArtMonthlyJan16" in the discount code field when you checkout online 

Commissioned Article

NAVA Video:
Artist File 

Dani Marti’s first solo show in Western Australia, Black Sun is set to take over Fremantle Arts Centre’s galleries as part of the upcoming 2016 Perth International Art Festival. In his recent artist file video Dani talks about the simultaneous isolation, challenges, and joy that is found in the life of a full-time artist. View online here

Photo: Tanja Bruckner, 2016.

In Focus

What's On


     Image: The Wynyard Walk LED Screen, Artmap Studio

Inside NAVA


New South Wales Artists’ Grant - due 23 Jan 2016 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.

Australian Artists' Grant - due 13 Feb 2016, 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 Online Courses - starting Feb 2016, enrol now HERE
NAVA Online Courses offers artists access to a range of online courses to improve their business and marketing skills, and benefit their professional development. 

NAVA congratulates the following recipients:
Australian Artists' GrantLiz Anelli; exhibiting artists of The Unstable Image; Julie Bartholomew; exhibiting artists of Just Draw; Megan Hales, Dana Harris, Meredith Hughes, Paula Hunt, Rosalind Lemoh, Georgie Mattingley, Sam Mertens & Liv Boyle; Direct Address; Julie Ryder, Sharon Peoples and Barbara Rogers; Slow makers.

Above Image: Australian Artists' Grant Recipient 2015, Justene Williams, The Joy of Life After Matisse/Madonna/Marcel, 2014; courtesy of the artist & Sarah Cottier Gallery

In the news 

Wired In 

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) in Melbourne has appointed leading Australian contemporary art curator Max Delany as its new Artistic Director. Read more.

Geelong Gallery has announced that internationally recognised public art museum director and exhibitions and collections curator, Jason Smith will take over as its new director. Read more.

Ron Ramsey has been named as the new Executive Director of the the Art Gallery Society of NSW, one of Australia’s largest arts membership organisations. Read more.

Art & Australia has a new home at the VCA. This follows the extraordinary gift by previous editor and publisher, Eleonora Triguboff, of the journal and its extensive archive to the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne in December 2015. Read more.

A look at who's coming and going in the Arts for January 2016. Read more.
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