In this issue we look at small to medium organisations 

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Art Wires June 2015

We're Not Going Gently

On ‘Black Friday’ 13th May, we saw the tsunami effect of the government’s defunding of the Australia Council with the announcement of the fates of the 262 organisations that had sought four year grants from the Council. The axe fell and small to medium arts organisations’ heads rolled. By Tamara WinikoffRead more

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Photo: Tanja Bruckner.

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Sign our Petition 

NAVA plays a vital role in effective advocacy for Australian artists and the visual arts sector however our services are now in jeopardy due to our cut in funding. 

Sign our petition urging the Australia Council to find a way to fund NAVA and secure the future for the visual arts, craft and design sector. 

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Let's Talk 

Artspace and NAVA invite you to join us for Let's Talk - a town hall style public meeting to discuss the current Australian arts funding landscape. Speakers include Michael Lynch, Janet Laurence, Esther Anatolitis, Ross Harley, Alexie Glass-Kantor, Tamara Winikoff, and Katrina Douglas.


The event is free however bookings are essential as seats are limited. 

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Small to Mediums in CAOs

Two weeks ago, 5 out of 14 CAOs received notification that beyond 1 January 2017 they will no longer receive 4-Year Funding, previously called Key Organisations Funding.

Alexie Glass-Kantor, Chair of Contemporary Arts Organisations of Australia and Executive Director of Artspace, with Chloe Gunn, Development Assistant, Artspace, on the pivotal role CAOs organisations play within a complex ecology of social, economic and organisational relationships. Read more

Image: Raquel Ormella, Golden Soil #3 2016, Acrylic hi-vis and poly cotton 186 x 186 cm (irreg) Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane. Photo: Sam Cranstoun. 

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Desart on Aboriginal Art Centres

Art is integral to most communities but Art Centres are a vital part of community life in Central Australia.

Hannah Grace, Desart's Senior Program Manager on the vital role and community focus of over forty Central Australian Aboriginal Art Centres. More here

Image: Warakurna Artists 'motika' (motor car) mobile gallery - displaying new works for community - © Warakurna Artists.

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Boxcopy: Run by Artists, for Artists

Artist run spaces operate at a grass roots level and are directly engaged in local communities. Nimble, responsive and adaptable – these characteristics are some of the key strengths of small organisations and collectives.

Rachael Haynes, Director of Boxcopy on the Brisbane-based ARI and the important role ARIs bring to the arts ecology in Australia. Read more.

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The Endurance of Art Publications

Liz Nowell, Executive Director of CACSA offers a personal reflection on the impact arts publications particularly journals such as Broadsheet have had throughout her curatorial practice. Read more

Image: cover image of Broadsheet 45.1. Aroha Rawson performs during the activation of Rosanna Raymond's SaVAge K'lub (2010-ongoing) on the opening weekend of 'The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art', Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. Photograph Joe Ruckli. Image courtesy the artist and QAGOMA. 

Canberra Glassworks' Maker Community

We have a strong focus on craft and making, and this is our strength, our point of differentiation.

Canberra Glassworks' General Manager Beverly Growden reports on the significance of ACDC organisations which nurture the next generation of makers. Read more.

Image: Hotshop Demonstration, Winter Glass Market 2016 Photo: Sean Davey.

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Q&A with Harrie Fasher

We chat to Harrie Fasher, recipient of the 2015 Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists. Read here

Applications for this year's scholarship close this Saturday 28 May. Apply here.
Photo: Harrie Fasher

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Focus On


Inside NAVA 


We Run This - Friday 27 May details HERE

We Run This is equal parts rigorous discussion and a celebration of the ideas developed by Australia’s Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) and creative spaces. 


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.

Carstairs Residency Prize - due 16 July, apply HERE

This prize offers assistance to a mid-career Australian visual and media arts, craft or design practitioner to undertake a one-month residency at the Bundanon Trust.

NSW Artists' Grant - due 23 July, 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.

The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists - due 30 July, apply HERE

Four $5,000 scholarships are available to emerging artists to assist with international travel, residencies and professional development.

NAVA congratulates the following grant recipient
2016 Freedman Foundation International Scholarship for Curators: Megan Monte

In the news

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In Museums and Galleries 
The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has appointed Keinton Butler as the new Senior Curator. The position will have a focus on design and architecture. Butler has most recently established Precinct, a project space in London focused on cultural exchange between artists, designers and local communities. Read more

In Organisations 
Rachael Coghlan is the new CEO of Craft ACT. She brings more than 20 years’ experience working in national cultural institutions in Australia's museum sector, working in the areas of audience development, exhibitions and events and digital and external communications. Read more

Artsource WA has welcomed to their team Kate Roberts as Head of Membership Services and Jane King as Head of Membership Development.

News from our Members 
NAVA congratulates NAVA Member Anna Glynn who is the recipient of the 2016 Noosa Art Award for her video work Cane. This moving image work will go into Noosa Regional Gallery's permanent collection.

NAVA congratulates NAVA Member Owen Leong whose work Milkteeth has been acquired by MAMA Albury as part of the 2016 MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize. More here

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