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15 May 2012

National Association for the Visual Arts

The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) is the national peak body for the visual and media arts, craft and design sector working through advocacy and service provision, to achieve a flourishing Australian visual arts sector and a more vibrant, distinctive and ethical cultural environment. Since its establishment in 1983, NAVA has been extremely successful in bringing about policy and legislative change to encourage the growth and development of the sector and to increase professionalism within the industry. NAVA undertakes advocacy and lobbying, research, policy and project development, data collection and analysis.  It also provides direct service to its members and the sector generally by offering expert advice, referrals, resources, professional representation and development, grant programs and a range of other opportunity brokerage and career development services.

NAVA represents the professional interests of the Australian visual and media arts, craft and design sector. NAVA's role includes:

  • advocating to governments at all levels to promote the professional interests of artists, other art professionals and art organisations concerning their rights, working conditions and financial sustainability;

  • setting best practice standards for the industry including minimum rates of pay and conditions for visual and media art, craft and design professionals;

  • publishing professional practice resources and providing expert advice to emerging and established visual and media art, craft and design practitioners and other art professionals;

  • offering on-line professional development courses and brokering career opportunities for practitioners

  • representing its constituency to policy and other decision-making bodies;

  • acting as secretariat for and convenor of industry advocacy groups;

  • working with arts sector partners on research, campaigns and projects; organising forums at art festivals and events, delivering training workshops and giving lectures for the education sector and others;

  • conducting and contributing to research on issues concerning the Australian visual and media arts, craft and design sector;

  • assisting visual and media art, craft and design practitioners through its small grants and awards programs

  • providing media commentary on behalf of the sector.


NAVA's constituency includes visual artists, craftspeople, designers and media artists, other arts professionals including curators, agents, educators, art writers and critics, arts administrators, art librarians, conservators, registrars and installers and a range of organisations including public, artist run and commercial galleries, arts agencies, art service organisations, educational institutions, art publications, manufacturers and retailers as well as people who support the arts.