In this issue we look at curating
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Infrastructural Activism

In recent years, curators have become increasingly active in presenting exhibitions of the artworks, banners, imagery, performances, actions, and events created by dissenting social movements, particularly those working to address climate change and against neoliberal globalisation. From Zanny Begg in Sydney to Nato Thompson in New York, this is happening all over the world

Art theorist, historian and author of the recent publication Talking Contemporary Curating Professor Terry Smith on the role of the activist curator. Read more.

Image: Zanny Begg, 1001 Nights in Fairfield, 2015, 17mins single channel video. Courtesy the artist.

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Curating Power

In a perverse way, this gradual quashing of opportunity for cultural speculation and questioning, may explain why the interest in and training of curators has been rapidly expanding over the last three years. 

Tamara Winikoff discusses the important role of the curator in leading the critical conversations and debates of our times. Read more.

Image: The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship Exhibition 2016 at UNSW Galleries. Photo: Cameron Henderson.

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Q&A with Djon Mundine

We interviewed curator, writer, artist and activist Djon Mundine on the revolutionary shifts in the curating of Aboriginal Art. Read more.

Image: courtesy Djon Mundine

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Beyond Rhetoric

We had a full house at our recent Melbourne forum, Beyond Rhetoric at Gertrude Contemporary which explored the role of the contemporary curator in light of the findings of artist Elvis Richardson, author of the CoUNTess Report. Tune into the podcast of this event and read further comments by speakers and audience members here.

Beyond Rhetoric forum at Gertrude Contemporary. Photo: Daniel Gardeazabal.

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#NAVAideas - contemporary curating

Curators Bec Dean, Coby Edgar, and Nick Tsoutas discuss the role contemporary curators play, and address how the nature of, and approaches to, curatorial practice in Australia has changed.

View online then join us for discussion on Twitter 
#NAVAideas from 12.00pm -1.00pm Monday 31 October. 

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NAVA Artist File: Angela Tiatia

Angela Tiatia explores contemporary culture, drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place. Angela chats to NAVA about getting started as an artist and the capacity that art has to communicate pure and honest responses to the world we live in. View here.

Image: Angela Tiatia, Reflexivity, 2013 (still image from digital moving image) Single-channel High Definition video. 12 minutes, 19 seconds

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Xmas Card Competition

Be featured in NAVA’s end of year digital e-card and on NAVA’s home-page throughout the festive Xmas and New Year period. All current Premium and Premium Plus Members are encouraged to enter up to five images of their work. Images must be in landscape format (horizontal).

Winning artist will receive $200 for use of their work! Enter your works online here by 12 November.

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List your ARI

NAVA is in the process of updating our list of Australian Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) on our website. If your ARI isn't listed here please contact us with further details.

Whether you're thinking of, or in the process of setting one up you'll find useful guides and further information on the NAVA website here.

Image: Fontanelle, Adelaide SA

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New totes!

This October all new and renewing NAVA Premium and Premium Plus members joining for a full year will receive one of our new black canvas totes!

Why not give a NAVA Membership and tote to a friend or art lover.

Available for a limited time only - join now

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Sign up your organisation

Organisation Members receive up to three complimentary tickets for their staff to attend our upcoming Bar Talk Event - Leadership for Arts Organisations in Canberra.

Join here

What's On

What's On



Inside NAVA 



Advocating the Arts - 20 October, details HERE

Tamara Winikoff (NAVA), David Broker (CCAS), and Ellis Hutch (ANU) will be speaking on the ANU panel Advocating the Arts which continues a national conversation on the importance of the arts and cultural engagement in Australia. 

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.

Western Sydney Jam - 2 November, details HERE

This visual arts forum looks at the opportunities and challenges facing the arts in Western Sydney. To view speakers see here. Facilitated by Natalie Wadwell.

NAVA Bar Talk - 10 November, details HERE

The first in a new series of events designed specifically for NAVA Organisation Members, NAVA Bar Talk offers an opportunity for industry peers to share skills, network and build partnership. To view speakers see here.

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:
2016 Sainsbury Sculpture Grant: Dan Elborne, Ann Fuata, Lucreccia Quintanilla and Lisa Sammut.

In the news

Wired In

In Government 
David Sudmalis has been appointed as the new Director at Arts Tasmania Previously David worked at the Australia Council for eight years in various position. More here.

In Education
The University of Melbourne has announced via an email to faculty staff and affected students, that it will discontinue all programs and operations at its Centre for Cultural Partnerships (CCP) at the end of the year. More here.

In Galleries
Rockhampton Art Gallery has announced Bianca Acimovic as its new Director. Prior to this, she was inaugural Curator at the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) which opened in October 2015. More here.

Albury City has announced the appointment of Bree Pickering as the new Director of Murray Art Museum Albury. More here.

The highly successful Sydney ARI, MOP will be closing its doors at year’s end. MOP has been operating since 2003 with a voluntary committee annually offering up to 35 exhibitions and publishing high quality catalogues. 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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