New toolkit to help artists engage with local government

Hopping into bed with local government makes sense. But how do you do it right? NAVA's new toolkit helps artists engage.
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The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) recently launched Love Your Local, a new toolkit designed to help artists, makers and designers engage with Local Government Authorities (LGAs).

LGAs – also known as councils, municipalities and shires – provide 26% of all government arts and cultural expenditure. In the visual arts, they are even more important, with local government providing 48% of all government funding for public galleries in Australia, while 66% of funding for regional galleries also comes from local government.

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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