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Following extensive collaboration across the sector, the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) has launched the new Code of Practice for Visual Arts, Craft and Design. NAVA’s comprehensive review ensures that the Code continues to reflect equitable, ethical and self-reflective standards.

NAVA Executive Director Penelope Benton said, ‘Co-designed and co-authored, the new Code is a celebration of good practice. This comprehensive resource has been written by over thirty arts practitioners, each with lived experience in their subject area.’

The sixth edition of the Code was developed through extensive partnerships, consultation feedback sessions and working groups over three years with over 2,000 artists, arts workers and organisations across Australia and sets out good practice approaches to working relationships in the professional Australian visual arts, craft and design sector, ethical standards of access and inclusion, and payment rates for artists and arts workers.

Other key changes and additions include:

  • New sections in the Principles, Ethics and Rights chapter on First Nations, Access Rights for d/Deaf and Disabled People, Racial Equity and Representation, Gender Equity, Equitable Application Processes, Freedom of Expression, Climate Adaptation and Environmental Action, Emergency Response and Disaster Preparedness, Community Engagement, Social Media, and Grievance and Dispute Resolution.
  • New sections throughout the Code on Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs), Working with First Nations Art Centres, Touring Exhibitions, Festivals, Funding and Sponsorship.
  • Greater support for Access Rights, Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) and other specific considerations for working with First Nations practitioners embedded throughout.

Image: Contributors to the new Code of Practice: (L-R) Laura Curtis and Terri Janke (Terri Janke and Company), Vanessa Low, Sue Jo Wright, Debra Keenahan, Claudia Chinyere Akole, Connie Anthes, Monique Choy, Lachlan Herd and Penelope Benton. Photographed at Join the Dots, Marrickville NSW by Jacquie Manning 2022.

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