The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) is the national peak body protecting and promoting the professional interests of the Australian visual and media arts, craft and design sector.
Breaking the pattern of policy neglect for the arts
98% of us engage with the arts and 45% of us create art, yet the majority of Australian visual artists and arts workers remain deeply concerned by income security, cuts to arts education, program cancellations and reduced sales due to the ongoing impacts of the pandemic. All Australians would benefit immensely from ambitious visual arts and culture experiences made possible through strategic policy and funding investment.
In the electorate of Moreton, Queensland, POPSART's Bec Mac facilitates a conversation with artist Gordon Hookey (Waanyi), Pat Hoffie AM artist and Professor Emeritus, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Penelope Benton, Executive Director National Association for the Visual Arts, Paul Osuch Founder and CEO of Anywhere Festival and Carmel Haugh, Program Director Chrysalis Projects about NAVA's call for federal election candidates to take bold action for arts and culture by committing to a whole-of-government National Cultural Plan to effectively invest for impact in the medium and long-term needs of the arts sector.
We also hear from Claire Garton candidate for the Greens, Chelsea Follett from the UAP and Graham Perrett candidate for Labor.
Presented in partnership with Fund the Arts and The Paint Factory.
Wednesday 11 May 2022
The Paint Factory, Yeronga Qld
Episode 58: Sophia Cai
Sophia Cai is a curator and arts writer based in Melbourne, Australia. In this podcast, NAVA's Leya Reid talks to Sophia Cai about community-based practice, cultural safety, creative nourishment, and the importance of joy in our work.
Episode 57: Arts Day on the Hill Debrief
Arts Day on the Hill is Australia’s annual focus on building sector capacity for sustained government engagement and lasting policy reform. This year’s Arts Day on the Hill took place on Wednesday 12 August 2020. In this podcast, NAVA’s Esther Anatolitis is joined by artists Nadia Odlum and Sha Sarwari in reviewing our experiences and next steps, with Nicholas Pickard, former policy adviser, joining half-way to offer a national political perspective on the debrief.
Episode 56: Rohin Kickett
Rohin Kickett is a NAVA Board Member and Nyoongar artist from the Balardong region Western Australia. In this podcast, NAVA’s Esther Anatolitis talks to Rohin Kickett about his personal leadership journey, community development models for Art Centres and key issues around Indigenous art production.
Episode 55: Santilla Chingaipe
Santilla Chingaipe is a journalist, filmmaker and author whose work explores migration, cultural identities and politics. In this podcast, NAVA's Tanushri Saha talks to Chingaipe about interrogating whiteness and centring blackness in the arts.
Episode 54: Artsworkers Union x Australian Arts Workers Alliance
This episode bridges the cross-generational experiences of Helen Grace, on behalf of the historical Artsworkers Union, and Dylan Batty, a co-founder of the Australian Arts Workers Alliance. NAVA’s Professional Practice Coordinator, Justine Youssef, speaks with the pair about the cyclical issues and widespread instability facing arts workers, the amount of free labour still subsidised by artists, how unfairness and illegality can be challenged, and the rights that the Artsworkers Union were able to fight for and achieve.