Australia’s National Association for the Visual Arts, or NAVA, has announced that Tamara Winikoff, its executive director, will be stepping down from her post after working for twenty-two years with the organization. Winikoff is a major figure in the Australian arts community: She has been an arts administrator for thirty-five years and has written a great deal about issues within the arts. In 2004, she was given the Australia Council’s Visual Arts/Craft Emeritus Medal for outstanding achievement and contribution to the visual arts and crafts in Australia. She was also awarded the Order of Australia in 2014.
“Tamara’s contribution to NAVA, to Australian artists and to the sector as a whole has been extraordinary. It has been a great privilege to work closely with her. NAVA is truly grateful, as am I personally. Her passion, expertise, and tireless energy will be heartily missed,” said James Emmett, NAVA’s chairman.
“Looking back over the years, I feel tremendously proud of what our small, committed, expert organization has achieved on behalf of Australian arts and artists. It has been a joy and a privilege to support the brilliant work of Australia’s cultural creators and the essential contribution they make to articulating the things that matter with such skill and potency. As an arts activist and campaigner I have had to navigate some fascinating challenges because the environment for the arts in Australia is very volatile. But that is what has kept me addicted for so long,” Winikoff said.
Winikoff’s last day at her post is June 30. NAVA will conduct a national search to determine her replacement.