NAVA article today:

Clear Expectations: Guidelines for institutions, galleries and curators working with trans, non-binary and gender diverse artists in Australia

A new resource of best practice for the contemporary arts when working with trans, non-binary and gender diverse creatives has been published today, supported by Countess and NAVA.



Co-Authors of the new guidelines, artists Spence Messih and Archie Barry (pictured), said: “Experiencing harm from the bureaucracy of institutional decision-making is a common experience for trans, non-binary and gender diverse people, even in the Australian arts sector. Institutions, galleries and curators often fail to respect and affirm the gender identities of trans, non-binary and gender diverse people — this is particularly alarming as institutions often engage with this community of people to represent their gender identities.”

“For trans, non-binary and gender diverse artists, representation can lead to various issues including the commodification of personal identity, the tokenisation of work, having the complexity of one’s practice be reduced to a gender-centric reading, and witnessing the erasure of gender diversity in broader gendered contexts. Other challenges include being excluded from dialogue, being misgendered in a public domain and having artwork censored,” they continued.

This new resource, supported by Countess and NAVA, aims to provide institutions, galleries and curators with tools and strategies for working with and supporting trans, non-binary and gender diverse people.

Representatives from Countess say: “The Clear Expectations resource is a timely and much needed piece of research that we are proud to be the original commissioning partner of. The resource has already impacted on our data collection philosophy and we believe it will have a significant impact across the art and cultural sector.”

“Clear Expectations is so needed and so welcome. NAVA is proud to support this important resource written by Archie Barry and Spence Messih, and so deeply impressed with the ongoing work of the Countess in championing gender equity for transformative change,” said Esther Anatolitis, Executive Director of NAVA.

Gender equity is a social, cultural and political issue that affects everybody. The participation, representation and action of people of all genders is essential for a world that’s ethical, confident and creative.

Nationally consistent, nationally observed industry standards are essential to unleashing ambition and achieving fairness. NAVA urges the sector to spend time reading this new resource of best practice for art spaces ranging from artist run initiatives to larger institutes, when working with trans, non-binary and gender diverse creatives.

“Take the time to read through this resource with your collaborators, colleagues, board and staff,” said Esther Anatolitis, “and let’s make sure the contemporary arts sector is respectful, safe and welcoming for all trans, non-binary and gender diverse people.”

Clear Expectations is now available as a free download below and via the new Countess website It has also been added to NAVA’s Gender Equity resources and will be available as part of NAVA’s revised Code of Practice for the Professional Australian Visual Arts, Media, Craft and Design Sector.

Megalo Studio Canberra

Do you have what it takes to be part of this small dedicated and busy team for a year?
Megalo is seeking to appoint an experienced Press Studio Manager to oversee activities in the Press Studio for a period of 12 months (with a potential of extension) starting in early April 2019.
For a copy of the Selection Criteria and Duty Statement please contact Ingeborg –




Please join us tonight at 6pm Thursday 21 February
for the opening of the Megalo International Print Prize

Exhibition Dates 16 FEBRUARY – 6 APRIL 2019
1st Prize $10,000 2nd Prize $5,000
People’s Choice $1,000 + Lerida Estate Acquisitive Prize $2,500

Official Award announcements will be made on Friday 15 March.
Kay Abude (Aus), Antonia Aitken (Aus), Surya Bajracharya (Aus), Marcin Bialis (Poland), Darren Bryant (Aus), Marilou Chagnaud (France), Kyle Chaput (USA), Erica Chung (Singapore), Mehdi Darvishi (Iran), Agata Derda (Canada), Olesya Dzhurayeva (Ukraine), Dianne Fogwell (Aus), David Frazer (Aus), Silvi Glattauer (Aus), Robert Hague (Aus), Rew Hanks (Aus), Nicola Hooper (Aus), Kyoko Imazu (Japan), Marketa Kemp (Aus), Theo Kontaxis (Greece), Damon Kowarsky (Aus), Natalia Kwiatkowska (Poland), David Nixon (Aus), Arata Nojima (Japan),  Glenda Orr (Aus), Jim Pavlidis (Aus), Sumi Perera (UK), Karol Pomykala (Poland), Belinda Reid (Aus), Luisa Romeo (Aus), Annika Romeyn (Aus), Qiaoyi Shi (China), Elmari Steyn (Aus), Anna Trojanowska (Poland), Jared Wickware (USA), Cleo Wilkinson (Aus), Katy Woodroffe (Aus).

intern in provence 2019

We are seeking a wonderful creative and forward thinking individual to intern with us at the NG Art Creative Residency in Eygalieres, Provence for a period of 3 – 4 months between February and May 2019.

Interns will be expected to work a total of 5 days per week in return for in-bound flights to France, full board, lodging and an opportunity to engage with the program, be surrounded by like minded creatives, discuss, collaborate, expand your networks and immerse yourself in the European culture.

Only serious applicants apply.  Please email and supply relevant experience, biographical details and CV, why this position would benefit you and what you could offer to support the residency.


Credit: Michelle Le Dain Artist in Residence 2018

NG Art Creative Residency


NG Art Creative Residency Prize 2018/2019

The NG Art Creative Residency Prize aims to discover and celebrate emerging and established creative talents from a variety of disciplines.

The Prize Winners will receive a free two-week placement at the NG Art Creative Residency in Eygalieres, Provence both in November 2018 and February 2019. This includes board and lodging, mentorship and residency-related outings, valued at up to AUD$2,000/ USD$1,435/ €1,244/ £1,106.

The Prize winners will have the opportunity to explore the Provence region, learn the native tongue and try their hand at traditional Provencal cooking. They will engage with fellow creatives and the local artistic community at evening soirées, feasts for the senses dinners and special events. They will also have the chance to exhibit their work in France in the 12th century Eglise St Laurent Eygalieres, for a 3 week exhibition in April 2019, attracting large international audiences.

The competition is multidisciplinary; It is open to artists, writers, poets, musicians, performers, filmmakers, photographers, academic scholars, and other creatives who seek to enrich their process, embark on imaginative endeavours and immerse themselves in an environment of reflection and creative freedom.

Please email if you would like to receive an Information Pack with full Terms and Conditions. 

AGNSW student prizes and scholarships

The Art Gallery of NSW is currently offering its annual round of student scholarships. These scholarships are a fantastic professional development opportunity for young and emerging artists.


Basil and Muriel Hooper Scholarship

A $4000 scholarship to NSW fine art students to assist with the cost of fees and general living expenses.

More information


Robert Le Gay Brereton Memorial Prize

A $2000 prize awarded to an art student exhibiting skills and promise in draughtsmanship, supported by the Jocelyn Maughan Foundation.

More information


Elioth Gruner Prize

A $1000 prize awarded to a NSW art student for excellence in the study of a landscape in oils.

More information


Dyason Bequest

A $5000 prize awarded to an Australian art student who has already won a travelling scholarship, to assist with the cost of overseas travel.

More information

3rd years/anyone thinking of applying for MFA 2019: MFA Scholarships!!

The National Art School is proud to have three generous scholarships of $20,000 each to support students studying in the Master of Fine Art Program. Funded by the Clitheroe Foundation, the Bird Holcomb Foundation and the Jenour Foundation, the three scholarships are awarded annually and are open to current Bachelor of Fine Art Students who are applying to continue study at the School in the Master of Fine Art program. The scholarships can be used for fees and course costs or as a stipend to support living expenses for the two-year duration of the course.

Applications for the scholarships are made as part of the application to the Master of Fine Art program, and more information can be found below.

Applications for the 2019 scholarships and the MFA program close on Friday 23 November 2018.

Click below to download information about each scholarship:

Please help the Print Department and order a phone book (free to do!!)


Hi guys!

As you know we use a lot of newspapers and phone books in the Print Department, however we are almost completely out of phone books as everyone has been etching up a storm! These are a little trickier to keep re-stocking than newspapers.

It would be very helpful if you could please request a yellow/whitepages to be sent to your home address (completely free to do) and then bring it in to NAS so we can re-stock our supply!

Just click on this link below. It will only take about 3 minutes of your time! 

Many thanks!