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Art Wires June 2015

What's happening to Australia's art schools? 

By Tamara Winikoff

There was a time when art schools were regarded as a thrilling hotbed of experimentation, bohemianism and great new anarchic ideas. But the gradual funding squeeze and the Dawkins reforms around the early 90s saw them moved under the umbrella of the universities and required to be more business like and set ‘performance targets’. What has been the consequence? Read more...

The artist as disruptor

"Early in my practice I saw the arts as an effective vehicle to have impact beyond the gallery, theatre and performance space so I started to negotiate a very fine balance between making art that exists for my own pleasure and making art that engages with people and place in an ethical way."

Vic McEwan, co-founder and Artistic Director of The Cad Factory on how artists can infiltrate the day to day thinking of other sectors. He writes from his experience having worked in local communities and in health. Read more...

Image: Documentation from SunRice - A Night of Wonder. Photo: Mayu Kanamori. 

Commissioned Article

Q&A with Laura McCusker 

Laura McCusker has been making furniture professionally for over 15 years and is a classically trained fine woodworker and cabinet maker with experience in boat building, fit outs and traditional freestanding pieces. We chat to her about the path that took her from Sydney to Tasmania during which her work was commissioned by MONA and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. By Angie Caro AristizabalRead more.  

Photo: Jonathan Wherrett.

Commissioned Article

Q&A with NAVA Online Course Faciliators 

Read our short interviews with online course facilitators about the importance of business skills, marketing and grants to your arts practice.

Monica Davidson founder of Creative Plus Business and the former NSW Creative Industries Business Adviser.

Brook McCarthy trainer and business coach, and founder of Hustle & Heart. 

Stephanie nova Milne is one half of the artist nova Milne, co-founder of their collective Ms&Mr and is currently based in New York. 

Commissioned Article

Call for NAVA Board Member nominations 

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

There must be at least two Artists’ Representative Elected Directors and two Organisations’ Representative Elected Directors and no more than two Elected Directors on the Board from any one state or territory.

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 closes 31 March 2016.

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Commissioned Article

NAVA Artist File:
Phaptawan Suwannakudt

Phaptawan Suwannakudt is a contemporary artist from Thailand, based in Sydney, Australia. Suwannakudt originally trained as a mural painter with her father, and led a team of mural painters that worked extensively in Buddhist temples throughout Thailand.
View her artist file video here

Her upcoming exhibition Retold-Untold Stories opens at SCA Galleries, Sydney College of the Arts on March 15. 

Photo: Tanja Bruckner, 2016.

Focus On


Inside NAVA 


NAVA Online Courses - starts 29 February details HERE

Spots have already been booked out for So where to from here? but limited spaces are still available for online courses, Winning Grant Proposals, Maximise Your Exposure and Art Business Basics. Hurry as enrolments are limited for each course! 

The Creative Future is Now! - 4 March book HERE

Join NAVA for a panel discussion presented in partnership with Creative Plus Business and proudly presented by The Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum Now Festival presented by ANZ. 

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. 

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.


NAVA congratulates the following grant recipients for 2015
New South Wales Artists' Grant: Lucas Abela, Kate Blackmore, Glitter Militia, Hayley Megan French, Hossein Ghaemi, Juz Kitson, Deborah Mansfield, Laith McGregor, Jodie Whalen.

In the news

Wired In

The art world was shocked to read the announcement by Anna Pappas, Chairperson of the Melbourne Art Foundation (MAF), that the 2016 Melbourne Art Fair has been cancelled. The fair which was due to open in August at the Royal Exhibition Building, has been staged every two years for the last 28. Read more

Smyrnios BT Contemporary opening in Balaclava, Melbourne is a new venture for Tina Smyrnios and co-directors Nick Thodos and Gene Bensimon. Over 2800 square feet of a renovated site will house a multi-gallery exhibition area and a project space. Arts Minister Senator Mitch Fifield will be giving a talk here on ‘The Arts and the Innovative Future’ from 2.00pm – 3.30pm Saturday 27th February. It’s an opportunity for Melbournians to ask him some questions about the Government’s lack of an arts policy. Read more.

After 7 years of building Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park (GASP) in Hobart, Pippa Dickson is leaving her position as CEO to explore new professional opportunities. Pippa is chair of Design Tasmania, a NAVA Board member and co-chair of the National Craft Initiative Steering Committee. 

Another NAVA Board member and Chair of NAVA’s Development Committee, Dr Terry Wu, has also been appointed as a board member at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne.

NAVA congratulates the following individuals who were among those recognised in the 2016 Australia Day Honours Lists for their service to the visual arts and craft sector. See the list here

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