NAVA announces 30 year vision for art in Australia - Art Collector

The NAVA team at an event with the Governor General. Courtesy: the National Association for the Visual Arts, Sydney

11 December 2013 | A 30 year vision for the future of the arts in Australia was announced earlier today as part of the National Association for the Visual Arts’ (NAVA) 30-year anniversary event. As the national peak body for the visual and media arts, craft and design sector, NAVA works through advocacy and service provision to bring about a stronger cultural environment in Australia. The agenda that NAVA has unveiled is what executive director Tamara Winikoff describes as “a comprehensive picture of what we think needs to change.”

NAVA’s vision highlights the important role artists play in shaping the social and cultural life of Australia. It also emphasises the broader impact of art upon technology, design and politics, with artists offering critique and innovation in these arenas. Encompassing arts funding, operations, development and education in Australia, NAVA’s ten point vision is a thorough documentation of a possible future for the creative industries.

One of the most significant points in the NAVA vision is the aim to double the government funding of the arts in Australia from 0.084% to 0.17% of GDP. This transition would bring it closer in line with New Zealand (currently at 0.198% of GDP) and Canada (at 0.156% of GDP). Such an increase in funding would assist with the strategies NAVA would like to see in place for growth in the support and promotion of Australian artists via fellowship schemes, professional development opportunities, and investment in enterprises and initiatives. For those individuals pursuing artistic careers NAVA has also presented a variety of possibilities to provide financial assistance including tax exemptions and a superannuation scheme.

To encourage the financial support of art collectors and philanthropists NAVA is suggesting the implementation of more art payment schemes modeled on Tasmania’s COLLECT Art Purchase Scheme. It is also advocating for tax incentives for the purchase of art by living Australian artists.

In addition to public funding NAVA has also taken issue with the current number of Australian politicians who have a genuine commitment to the arts, and has voiced the need for a significant increase in the representation of the arts in all three levels of government. NAVA would also like to see the appointment of cultural
attachés for all Australian embassies to foster worldwide engagement with Australian art.

Hannah McKissock-Davis

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