In this issue we look at women in Australian art 

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Art Wires June 2015

Women in Australian art

In every generation, the work has to start anew as gender inequality in the arts is once more recognised, resisted and challenged. The latest sometimes quite unexpected revelations are contained in new research just published by artist, Elvis Richardson on her CoUNTess blog which has been providing insights since 2008. Read more...

Coinciding with the recent publication of The CoUNTess report on International Women's Day, Tamara Winikoff writes on a brief history of women's art collectives and movements in Australia. The CoUNTess report has been funded by The Cruthers Art Foundation and is supported by NAVA. 

Image: Deborah Kelly, A Whistling Woman and a Crowing Hen, 2008-10. Collage on stonehenge paper, each 77 x 98 cm. Courtesy the artist.

Gendered decision making? 

Writer and curator, and Director of Regional Arts Victoria, Esther Anatolitis on the accountability of decision makers at Australia's major art institutions. Read more... 
(Please note this article contains strong language.)

Image: The CoUNTess report.

Commissioned Article

Signature style: The artist's name in the exposure economy of contemporary art 

Elvis Richardson on the online research behind The CoUNTess report and the representation of female artists in Australian arts media. Read more

Image: Elvis Richardson, Art and Australia 2010 Women, 55 x 70cm, archival pigment print on Hahnmuhle Photo Rag, mounted on di-bond. Courtesy the artist. 

Commissioned Article

Q&A with Women's Arts Register 

We chat to Danielle Hakim and Sally Northfield, Co-Convenors of the Women's Arts Register. Read more.  

Photo: Ephemera and slides held in the Women's Art Register collection circa 1975, photograph courtesy the Women's Arts Register. 

Commissioned Article

NAVA Artist File:
Wendy Sharpe 

Contemporary Australian figurative painter, Wendy Sharpe is the recipient of numerous awards, grants and travelling scholarships including the Sulman Prize (1996), the Archibald Portrait Prize (1996), and the Portia Geach Memorial Prize (1995 & 2003) and has held over 45 solo exhibitions in Australia and internationally. 

Wendy chats to NAVA about what art means to her, working against the tide of art trends, and juggling the demands of living as a practising artist.

View her artist file video here

Photo: Michael Amendolia

Commissioned Article

NAVA Board Member nominations closing soon

We're calling for nominees for NAVA Board Member Positions ahead of the 2016 AGM. Currently elected members of the NAVA board must stand down after two years. Download the nomination form here

If you are interested in nominating for the NAVA Board please first call Tamara Winikoff on 02 9368 1900 to discuss the role and duties before returning the form. 

EOI's closing soon on 31 March 2016.

March membership offer

Thanks to our media partner, Artlink Australia we have 27 copies of their 36:1 issue ‘Big Ideas' to giveaway to the first 27 new/renewing NAVA Premium Members signing up for a one year membership. Enter code "ArtlinkMar16" when you checkout online.


Focus On
  • NSW by Chloé Wolifson

  • WA by Jess Day 

    Image: Lee Bul, Willing to be Vulnerable, 2015-16, heavy-duty fabric, metalised film, transparent film, polyurethane ink, fog machine, LED lighting, electronic wiring, dimensions variable. Installation view of the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016) at Cockatoo island. Courtesy the artist. Created for the 20th Biennale of Sydney. Photo: Ben Symons.


Inside NAVA 



Freedman Foundation International Scholarship for Curators 
due 26 March apply HERE
A new initiative, this scholarship awards $8,000 to an early career curator to develop their practice through overseas travel. 

NAVA Online Courses - starts 2 May February details HERE

Spots are booked out for Winning Grant Proposals but limited spaces are still available for online courses, Maximise Your Exposure and Art Business Basics. Hurry as enrolments are limited for each course! 

New South Wales Artists’ Grant - due 23 April, 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 14 May, 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.

Image: NSW Artists' Grant recipient, Juz Kitson. Something Sacred, 2015-16. Jingdezhen porcelain, Southern ice porcelain, Taiwanese porcelain, terracotta, raku clay, resin, paraffin wax, cashmere goat pelt, merino pelt, rabbit fur, Tibetan gazelle horns, Bodhi seeds, echidna quills, crocodile leather, horse hair, synthetic hair, bone, marine ply and treated pine. (Dimensions variable) Image courtesy the artist, GAGPROJECTS Adelaide and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.


NAVA congratulates the following grant recipients for 2016
Australian Artists' Grant: exhibiting artists of Bundjalung Artists Exhibition at Boomalli Aboriginal Artist Cooperative; Antoinette Citizen; Hamishi Farah; Artfully; exhibiting artists of Aesthetics in a Time of Emergency; Get to Work; exhibiting artists of Bedshed.

In the news

Wired In

In Media 
With news of an early July election, ArtsPeak (Confederation of Peak National Arts Organisations) has written an open letter this week to the Prime Minister stressing their deep concerns on the continued cuts to the Australian arts and cultural sector. Read the letter here

The Canadian Government will invest $1.9B in the arts over the next five years - including $675 million for the Canada Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). This will see its current annual budget of $182 million nearly doubled within five years providing a major boost to the Canada's major arts institutions, and artist and cultural projects. Read more here

For the second year running, the Australia Council Awards recognise distinguished Australian artists who have made an exceptional contribution to the arts.

Visual artist Richard Bell is the recipient of the Australia Council Visual Arts Award. Bell from the Kamilaroi tribe in Queensland is an Indigenous Australian artist and political activist.

One of NAVA’s board members is the winner of the Emerging and Experimental Arts Award. Kelli McCluskey (WA) is an artist and co-artistic director of tactical media art group, pvi collective. Read more.  

In Galleries 
After 16 years as CEO and Creative Director of the Australian Design Centre (ADC) based in Sydney, Steve Pozel has resigned to follow a new pathway. His position will be taken over by Lisa Cahill, currently Associate Director at ADC. Read more

A hugely ambitious $50 - 60 million expansion is being proposed for Carriageworks in Sydney which would add to the existing multi disciplinary facility, a new 5000-seat live music venue, 200 seat cinema, large public exhibition space and cafes, bars and restaurants. Read more

In Academe
The University of Newcastle has decided to discontinue its Bachelor of Fine Arts from 2017 and replace the degree with a Bachelor of Creative Industries. Read more. 

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