We cooperate as an association to advance the practice of sculpture and the reputation and appreciation of sculpture and sculptors in the community. This is regardless of whether or not we make a living from sculpture and regardless of our preferred style or medium. To this end we support artists’ moral rights, we advocate a professional attitude to the production and presentation of work and encourage the artistic and intellectual stimulation of interaction amongst artists of all persuasions.

NAVA e-newsletter

Money for Visual Artists: At last!! We know you have been hanging out for the new edition of NAVA's most popular publication Money for Visual Artists, which lists all the competitions, awards and prizes, offered around the country and some overseas as well. The good news is that it is being printed now and will be available for purchase next week. You either can order it online through the shop by registering to the NAVA website http://www.visualarts.net.au/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=463&qid=60086 or ring and order it over the phone (02) 9368 1900 and it will be posted out to you.

Melbourne Art Fair: Watch out for some NAVA treats at the Melbourne Art Fair this year. If you see someone in the crowd wearing a Money for Visual Artists t-shirt, stop her and find out how you can get a free gift and the opportunity to enter for a big prize. NAVA has been allocated a stand on the first floor level next to the art magazines, instead of our usual spot opposite the cafe on the ground floor. To encourage people to come and visit us to have a chat, ask for advice or buy some of our wonderful publications, we are offering great discounts and prizes. Hot off the press, the new edition of Money for Visual Artists will be available for members at $5 off the discount price, at the fair only. Be one of the first to get this new publication!

Art Censorship: If you want to read what NAVA has been saying about the censorship of artist Bill Henson and art magazine Art Monthly, check out the News Desk on the NAVA website http://www.visualarts.net.au/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=464&qid=60086. The heat of this debate has lead NAVA to make a commitment to produce an Art Censorship Guide and the steering committee for this project is in the process of formation. The other commitment we made was to produce a checklist for artists working with children for inclusion in the next edition of our Code of Practice. Since then, the Prime Minister charged the Australia Council with this task, so we will offer our advice and see what is the outcome before deciding what to do.

Artlink: Art Mind Beauty: Art/Mind/Beauty tackles one of the questions exercising the minds of philosophers in the age of neuro-science - how does the mind create notions of beauty and why are some artists and audiences drawn to the fragile, the shimmering, the highly decorative and the nature-inspired? Has contemporary art been diminished by the absence of these visual pleasures? Perhaps beauty and a sense of the ineffable have crept back without our noticing. Could this be related to a fear that time is running out for the natural world? Artists who inspired this issue include Imants Tillers, Jon Cattapan, John Mawurndjul, Doreen Reid Nakamarra, Catherine Woo, Stieg Persson, David Keeling and Philip Wolfhagen (painters); Hossein & Angela Valamanesh, Giles Bettison, Kirsten Coelho, Timothy Horn, Ah Xian, Robyn Stacey, Karl Wiebke, Robin Best and Tina Gonsalves (other media). Editor Margot Osborne. To take advantage of the 10% discount on Artlink subscription for NAVA members, go to http://www.visualarts.net.au/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=470&qid=60086

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