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:
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.
NAVA is a company limited by guarantee with about 3,000 individual and organisational members and 1000 student affiliates. NAVA is run by a Board of up to nine directors, five elected by the members representing the interests of visual arts practitioners and organisations and drawn from at least four states/territories, and up to four co-opted members with other specialist skills in the areas of law, business development and fundraising, politics and strategy, marketing and promotion & media.
Current Board Members: NAVA's Chair is Ian Howard, respected artist, academic, and former Dean of the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. The elected members are Frederick Clise (SA), Alexie Glass-Kantor (VIC), Pippa Dickson (TAS), Aaron Seeto (NSW) and Kelli McClusky (WA). The co-opted members are Simeon Beckett (NSW), Joyce Parszos (NSW) and Jenny Yvonne Wong (NSW). Dina Madorsky (NSW) is Treasurer and Company Secretary.
NAVA's patrons are Professor David Throsby, eminent cultural economist and NAVA's Founding Chair; Pat Corrigan AM, businessman and arts patron and Janet Holmes Ã Court, businesswoman and arts philanthropist.
NAVA represents its members and the Australian visual and media arts, craft and design sector in meetings, discussions, forums and the media.
NAVA is the secretariat and spokesbody for the National Visual & Media Arts, Craft and Design Network, a group of peak bodies which collaborate in advocacy and joint initiatives, and was the initiator and is now an active board member of the Australian Design Alliance.
NAVA is convenor of the Visual Education Roundtable, a coalition of the key stakeholders in school visual education and an active member of the National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE).
NAVA is also the co-convenor of ArtsPeak, the confederation of national arts service organisations and a member of the Australian Coalition for Cultural Diversity.
NAVA continues its tradition of working to improve conditions for visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners and other art professionals and is engaged in the following:
NAVA's core operations are funded by the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, the Federal Government's arts funding and advisory body and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. It also has a triennial grant from Arts NSW and a 3 year project grant from the Copyright Agency. Otherwise it generates income from:
* NAVA Certified and Professional Members only.
** NAVA Professional Members only.
*** NAVA CIRCA Members only.
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