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Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Antara, 2020. Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 300 x 1000cm. Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art for The National 2020. Photo by Meg Hansen Photography. Image courtesy the artist, Mimili Maku Arts and the Copyright Agency © the artist.

#VoteForArt: Federal Election Campaign 2022

With the federal election coming up on 21 May 2022, NAVA has launched a campaign with the aim to increase government support for the visual arts to help unlock the full social and economic potential of our community.

Visual Arts and Culture are Everywhere: in the cities, in the regions, in remote communities, in every state and territory. Visual Arts and Culture are Essential: for health, education, jobs, social cohesion, mental health, national identity, and a successful recovery. In times of need Australians turn to the arts.

All Australians would benefit immensely from ambitious visual arts and culture experiences made possible through strategic policy and funding investment. We’re calling on federal election candidates to support five key policy priorities:

  1. Put First Nations first
  2. Stimulate long-term sustainability
  3. Pay artists for their work
  4. Prioritise equity, cultural safety and accessibility
  5. Nourish arts education 

Take the pledge to vote for candidates who will support bold action for a thriving visual arts sector.

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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivering the 2022-2023 Budget at Australian Parliament House, Canberra. Screenshot from ABC News, 29 March 2022.

NAVA responds to the Federal Budget

Aside from the $20mil extension to the RISE program, there is a lot to be disappointed about in this year’s federal budget. While this budget was an opportunity for the government to turn things around, it not only lacks long-term solutions to our current crises, it also presents a decline in arts funding. 

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Graphic by Sarah Firth.

Environmental Sustainability Consultation

Summary of NAVA's recent consultation on environmental sustainability for the major revision of the Code of Practice, which was opened with provocations from two guest presenters: Judy Watson (Waanyi), multi-media artist and MaryJo Lelyveld, head conservator at the National Gallery of Victoria and Sustainable Collections Committee Convenor for the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM). 

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Media, Meetings, Talks & Submissions

To find out what NAVA has been doing day-to-day for our Members and the sector, read NAVA in action.
NAVA's Zoom consultation meeting on environmental sustainability within the visual art sector for the major revision of the Code of Practice on 23 March 2022.
List your funding or job opportunity on our Opportunities page on the NAVA website for free.
NAVA banner and three chairs in front of Robert Andrew, (re)scribing language, 2018, burnt branches, ochres, oxides, string and electromechanical components, dimensions variable. Installation view, After Technology, 2019, curated by Stella Rosa McDonald and Eleanor Zeichner, UTS Gallery, Sydney. Photo by Tanja Bruckner.

NAVA seeks nominations for elected positions on its Board of Directors

Opportunity for NAVA Members to join NAVA's board of directors. Nominations close 27 April 2022.

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NAVA's 2021 Annual Report cover features an image captured behind the scenes of filming artist, Thea Perkins in NAVA's Sit For An Artist campaign, in the studios at the National Art School, 2021. Photo by Lauren O Photography. 

Notice of Annual General Meeting

All NAVA Premium, Premium Plus and Organisation Members are invited to attend the AGM and meet with NAVA's Board and staff, 3pm AEST Thursday 26 May 2022.

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NAVA Membership

We are inviting you to join us as part of a bold national voice for the Australian arts community. The more of us there are, the more ambitious we can be.

NAVA Premium Plus Membership (includes insurance) is $298, NAVA Premium Membership is $90 and NAVA Organisation Membership is $345.

Join NAVA or renew your Membership.
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