In this issue we look at the visibility of craft 

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Art Wires June 2015

Crafting Change 

With the recent release of the publication Agenda for Australian Craft and Design Tamara Winikoff discusses the perception of craft in recent years, gives a brief rundown of the National Craft Initiative and steps to ensure the future of a sustainable craft sector in Australia. Read more

Image of camp workshop designs by Shun Hariki, Japan, John Wardle's property, 'Waterview', Bruny Island Tasmania. Partnership between NGV & Design Tasmania. Parallels Design Camp 2015. Photo: Chris Crerar.

Commissioned Article

Paint the Wildwood 

Treahna Hamm comments on the importance of craft and the continuation of the traditional in contemporary Indigenous arts practice. Read more

Image: Treahna Hamm, ‘Apology’, possum skin cloak. Worn by Aunty Matilda House-Williams at the first ever ‘welcome to country’ Parliament House 2007. Collection: MAMA Albury. Courtesy the artist. 

The rise of maker spaces in Perth

With the rise and fall of the mining boom, and now a city in the throes of construction, Perth is also undergoing a creative boom with independent makers and artists banding together to form new communal studios and artist run spaces including MANY 6160 and Success in Fremantle, Another ARI and Daphne. Anna Dunnill reports. Read more.

Image: Courtesy MANY 6160.
Photo: Dave Sharp.

Commissioned Article

Q&A with Bruce Rowe

Based in Melbourne, Anchor Ceramics is a design studio that operates in an applied research, prototyping and product development capacity. We chat to founder Bruce Rowe about working across multiple disciplines, the sustainability of Australian craft and design, and the underlying ethos of his practice. Read here

Photo: Bruce Rowe, Structures,
2015 - 2016

Commissioned Article

NAVA Artist File:
Tess Allas 

Our latest NAVA Artist File features curator and writer Tess Allas. With David Garneau, Tess co-curated With Secrecy & Despatch, a multidisciplinary, international exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre commemorating the 200th anniversary of the massacre of Aboriginal people in the Appin region of South West Sydney. The exhibition includes works by Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Julie Gough, Genevieve Grieves, Dale Harding and Frances Belle Parker, and is on show until 12 June 2016.

View Tess's artist file video here

Photo: Tanja Bruckner, 2016. 

Commissioned Article

Copyright Agency Survey

Has your artwork been published in books, magazines or newspapers, or displayed on a website? If it has, you could be eligible for payments from Copyright Agency.

Complete their latest survey to help them allocate payments for your work.

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Commissioned Article

New edition of NAVA's Code of Practice

The new edition of the Code of Practice for the Professional Australian Visual Arts Craft and Design Sector has been launched. Each chapter of this edition has been updated with a focus on producing new content including information specific to craft practitioners, new scales of fees and wages, and clarity for public art processes.

Read online here

Commissioned Article

NAVA Online Courses 

Don't miss out on NAVA's affordable 7-week online courses starting May 2, MAXIMISE YOUR EXPOSURE with Brook McCarthy, and ART BUSINESS BASICS with Monica Davidson from Creative Plus Business. 

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NAVA Premium Plus Membership:
Now with new personal accident insurance

NAVA Premium Plus Membership now offers six types of insurance suitable for artists, craftspeople, designers (where the design is non-structural in nature), conservators, installers, registrars, curators and arts administrators.


If you are an existing NAVA Premium Plus Member and would like to update your membership with personal accident insurance you can purchase this at a pro-rata rate ($10/$20/$30) through our online shop here

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Inside NAVA 


NAVA Online Courses - starts 2 May details HERE

Your last chance to book for NAVA Online Courses, Maximise Your Exposure and Art Business Basics. Hurry as enrolments are limited for each course! 

#NAVAideas - Visibile craft: The Politics of Making - 12.00pm (AEST) Thursday, 5 May 2016 details HERE
Participate in the latest online forum on Twitter. View Karina Clarke, CEO, Design Tasmania and Lou Weis, Creative Director, Broached Commissions sharing their thoughts and experiences on Visible Craft: The Politics of Making, then join in the discussion.

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.


Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW artists - due 28 May, apply HERE

Applicants may apply for up to $5,000 to assist towards the cost of presenting or exhibiting work, for professional development or education or independent artistic research or practice. The scholarship was established in 1997 in memory of the artist Penny Meagher.

MPavilion / Art Monthly Australasia Writing Award - due 18 June, apply HERE

Australian writers are invited to submit a 200-word proposal for a 2,000-word essay exploring one or more aspects of the flourishing field of interdisciplinary practice within art and design today.

NAVA congratulates the following grant recipients for 2016
NSW Artists' Grant (Round 1): Tim Bruniges, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Michelle Cawthorn & Peter Sharp, exhibiting artists of No, No, No! (After You); Keg de Souza, Heath Franco, Gatya Kelly, Michael McIntyre.

In the news

Wired In

In with Catalyst  
Federal Minister for the Arts, Mitch Fifield and Jamie Briggs, Liberal Member for the seat of Mayo in South Australia announced $1 million will be provided through Catalyst to acquire, preserve and maintain The Cedars in the Adelaide Hills, the family home of one of Australia’s great landscape painters Sir Hans Heysen OBE and his family, including painter Nora Heysen AM. The Minister’s media release acknowledged South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi who advocated for this Commonwealth support.

Public art philanthropist John Kaldor (of Kaldor Public Art Projects), secured Catalyst funding for his latest new public art installation planned for Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens to be created by Indigenous artist Jonathan Jones. The project, entitled Your Very Good Idea, is the winner of a competition held by Kaldor Projects last year.

During his visit to Perth, Fifield made the joint announcement with WA Liberal Senator Dean Smith (Chair of the Coalition Backbench Committee on Communications) that a $400,000 Catalyst grant would go to arts organisation FORM to fund the transformation of an old goods shed into a new cultural space. 

With Catalyst funding, three of Sydney's major arts institutions will host a new art biennial, called The National: New Australian Art, a series of exhibitions of Australian art to be held every two years. The three partners are the Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art and Carriageworks. Read more.

In Galleries 
Dolla Merrillees has been appointed as the new director of Sydney’s Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, which includes the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo. Controversially, the NSW Government intends to relocate the cultural institution to Parramatta despite widespread opposition, exemplified by a petition signed by 10,000 people. Previously the museum's curatorial, collections and exhibitions director, Merrillees had been acting director of the Powerhouse since the resignation of its previous director Rose Hiscock in December last year. Read more

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