Exit Interview: Esther Anatolitis, NAVA

After three years as Executive Director, Esther Anatolitis is moving on from the National Association of the Visual Arts (NAVA). Here she reflects on challenges, triumphs and the opportunity for new thinking.

In a surprise announcement, Esther Anatolitis – NAVA’s bold, bubbly, passionate, political and red shoe-wearing Executive Director – has announced she will be moving on from the peak national body for the visual arts in August.

Her reason was simple. Her contract was up. ‘I believe leadership needs to be dynamic, and at this moment of reflection, I look into the future rather than hold on to now. One of the best ways dynamism continues within an organisation is to step aside,’ Anatolitis told ArtsHub.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina