In this issue of Art Wires we look at Diversity

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Commissioned Article

Diversity is the same but different

Dramatically just after midnight on Thursday last week, those of us who stayed up had first glimpse of The Final Decision. New shiny Arts Minister, Mitch Fifield had made the call. About one third of the funds wrenched out of the Australia Council budget - $8 million - will be returned to fund artists. But no lifebuoy has been thrown out to stop many of the small to medium organisations (S2Ms) from drowning. We are still faced with the same crisis with about a 40% loss of the budget which was previously earmarked to provide 4 year operational funding for these S2Ms. Read more. By Tamara Winikoff

Commissioned Article

Finding harmony in diversity towards a national consensus

With renewed global urgency to find harmony in diversity, peace can only come about where all voices at the margins can be expressed, heard and valued.

Eve Stafford OAM on the need for Australia to have a binding national cultural policy with bipartisan support across electoral cycles and winds of change. Read more.

Commissioned Article

A tale of two cities: the case for equity

Paula Abood on the NSW Government's decision to boost funding for Western Sydney arts organisations and how this addresses issues of equity in one of the most culturally diverse regions in Australia. Read more.

Image: Beau Giles, Flickr.  

Commissioned Article

Greater than the sum of the parts: cultural funding and the power of diversity

Stephen Cassidy on how cuts to the Ministry for the Arts as reported at the Darwin Senate Inquiry hearing, will impact Indigenous art centres and communities. Read more.

Image: Wikipedia

Commissioned Article

Q&A with Amanda Buckland

We chat to Amanda Buckland, cultural planner, project manager, educator, and course faciliator of NAVA Online Courses program, So where to from here? about ways in which early career artists can utilise their skills and creativity to find work with government, in communities and in public space. Read more

Commissioned Article

NAVA Video:
Artist File 

Heath Franco was recently announced as the recipient of the 2015 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging). In our NAVA Artist File interview with him earlier in the year Heath spoke about getting started as an artist, sustaining his practice and the sense of companionship art can offer. View online here

Photo: Alex Wisser. 

Commissioned Article

State Your Purpose 

We've got books! If you participated in NAVA's State Your Purpose at Artspace Sydney's Book Machine event in September this year, and would like a copy of the published book please contact with your postal address and with 'State Your Purpose' in the subject line.

In Focus

What's On
  • Focus on Qld by Louise Martin-Chew

  • Focus on WA by Ted Snell

    Image: Justin Shoulder & Bhenji Ra in collaboration with JAI JAI, Ex Nilalang: Balud (production still) 2015. Single-channel HD digital video, 16:9, colour, sound. Photograph: Gregory Lorenzutti. This project was assisted by a grant from Arts NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments. The program is administered by NAVA. Developed for APT8. Image courtesy: the artists. 


     Image: Shelf of Studio Start-up 2013 recipient, Matthew Dettmer. Courtesy the artist and Abbotsford                Convent.  

Inside NAVA

Grant Writing for Visual Artists at Wollongong Art Gallery - 25 Nov

FREE grant writing workshop at Wollongong Art Gallery. Free event. Register here

Grant Writing for Visual Artists at BRAG - 3 Dec

FREE grant writing workshop presented in partnership with Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. Free event. Book here

#NAVAideas on Risk-taking - 7 Dec on Twitter

What is risk taking, and what are risks in the context of contemporary art? Join our online Twitter discussion. 

New South Wales Artists’ Grant - due 23 Jan 2016 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 13 Feb 2016, 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 Online Courses - starting Feb 2016, enrol now HERE
NAVA Online Courses offers artists access to a range of online courses to improve their business and marketing skills, and benefit their professional development. 

NAVA congratulates the following grant recipients for 2015
Sainsbury Sculpture PrizeJamie O'Connell, Roberta Rich, Salote Tawale, and Tim Woodward.
NSW Artists' Grant: Justin Balmain and Amelia Wallin; Madeline Beckett; Deidre Brollo; Connie Anthes & Rebecca Gallo; Caroline Garcia; Elena Papnikolakis; Tessa Zettel & Susie Nelson. 

In the news 

Wired In 

The Queensland Arts Advocacy Group (QAAG) is a newly formed group of key individual and organisational arts representatives. Its purpose is to champion key issues pertaining to the arts and cultural sector in Queensland in strategic forums.. Read more

Melbourne’s Gertrude Contemporary has opened a new off-site gallery and project space – Gertrude Glasshouse on Glasshouse Road, Collingwood. Read more.

December 2015 will see the 130th and last print edition of RealTime, the much loved critical guide to international contemporary arts. Read more.

One of Australia’s most highly regarded and prolific portrait and landscape painters, Judy Cassab has died at the age of 95. Read more

A look at who's coming and going in the Arts for November 2015. Read more


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