In this issue of Art Wires we look at Localism

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Commissioned Article

Localism in the top end 

In Darwin it’s easy to consider ‘localism’ in an Aboriginal sense: of its own locality on Larrakia land and the vast network of local language groups and intercultural exchange stretching across the Top End and desert regions. It’s also easy to consider ‘localism’ in a northerly sense – the city’s paradoxical positioning as both a northern line of defence and gateway to Asia. Read more. By Maurice O'Riordan.

Image: Ni Nyoman Sani, from 'Beswick series', 2015, comprising 6 works: acrylic, ink on paper, each 76x50cm. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Fiona Morrison. 

Commissioned Article

Craft + Localism

With the latest change in season comes a time for many people to reflect on ways of living. For makers, it’s often a time to look inwards to practice. For communities, it’s an opportunity to look locally. Read more. By Georgia Hutchison

Image: Craft Summer House. Photo: Hilary Walker. 

Commissioned Article

Q&A Jon Goulder

We chat to Jon Goulder, Creative Director of Furniture Studio, Jam Factory about his practice. Read more.

Image: Jon Goulder, Creative Director of Furniture Studio, Jam Factory with Second Year Associate, Stephen Roy. Courtesy Jam Factory.

Commissioned Article


After an intensive 4 months of holding public hearings around the country, the Committee for the Senate Inquiry into arts funding has finally delivered its report. Download and read this online hereBefore this was published the federal government had made a token response to the unified call from the arts sector to return all the $110 million cut from the Australia Council’s budget. This does not deal with the problems created for artists and small to medium arts organisations. The cuts are already having a serious impact. Read more and take action here. You can also read the latest ArtsPeak media release on the MYEFO here

Banner by Kelly Doley. Photo: Joan Cameron-Smith. 

Commissioned Article

The Year in Rhyme - 2015 

A wrap up of 2015 for the arts sector in limericks. By Tamara WinikoffRead more.

Image: The George Brandis Live Art Experience (after Hieronymus Bosch)

Commissioned Article

NAVA Video:
Artist File 

Dr Suzann Victor chats to NAVA about the best things about being an artist, her interest in peripheral visions, and her journey with art and space. View online here

Image: Suzann Victor, Skin to Skin (2005). World Square, Sydney, Australia. Public Artwork: light-responsive stainless steel plates, wind-directed LED lights, antenna. Commissioned by Multiplex Developments | Consultant: Maria Guppy, Guppy & Associates | Engineers: Taylor Thomson & Whitting | Fabricator: Coffey Engineering. Profile from Pitt St entry. Photo: Joan Cameron-Smith. 

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     Image: EMPAC Studio 1. Photo credit: Peter Aaron. Courtesy of EMPAC.

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NAVA congratulates the following recipients:
NAVA Xmas Card Competition 2015: Lisa Sammut 
Eckersley's Prize Winner: Heather Matthew 

In the news 

Wired In 

The Australia Council has announced that artist Tracey Moffatt will represent Australia at the Venice Biennale in 2017. With a career spanning over 25 years, Moffatt is one of Australia's most celebrated contemporary artists, both locally and internationally. Read more

Director of Visual Arts for the Australia Council, Julie Lomax has been appointed the Director of Development for the Liverpool Biennale starting in March 2016. There has been speculation on this move as it occurs a year before the end of her contract. Previous Manager: Arts Infrastructure, Laura McLeod has taken over these responsibilities in the position of Arts Practice Director – Visual Arts. Read more

Managing editor Kevin Murray has just launched, Garland a new Australian platform for publishing in craft and design. It is a quarterly online magazine that features articles from around the world with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific. Read more

NAVA sends its condolences to the family and friends of well known and admired Australian artists, Ray Crooke who has died at the age of 93. Read more


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