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Tamara Winikoff OAM announced this week that she will resign as executive director of the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), the Australian visual arts sector’s national advocacy group.

Winikoff has been a passionate advocate for the arts for 35 years, 22 of those at the helm of NAVA.

“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,” says Winikoff. “But that is what has kept me addicted for so long.”

Winikoff is well known and much appreciated in the field. In 2004 she was awarded the Australia Council’s Visual Arts/Craft Emeritus Medal for outstanding achievement and contribution to the visual arts and crafts. In 2014 she as awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her contribution to the arts sector.

“Looking back over the years, I feel tremendously proud of what our small, committed, expert organisation has achieved on behalf of Australian arts and artists,” Winikoff recalls. “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.”

Winikoff leaves NAVA on 30 June. She then intends to take up independent consultancy work.

NAVA will conduct a national recruitment drive to find a new leader. And Winikoff wishes them all the best.

“I look forward to seeing where the energy and drive of NAVA will take it in the future,” she says. “There is always so much to do and I am sure my successor will enjoy great rewards and satisfaction in leading the organisation into the next exciting phase of its development.”

Art Guide Australia