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Illustration by Emma Pham 2024. NAVA Talks AI is a collaborative series of good practice conversations on the use and impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on work and practice in visual arts, craft and design.

While AI presents a world of creative and supportive potential for artists and arts workers, it also poses significant challenges regarding copyright, consent, creative/cultural autonomy, Indigenous sovereignty and labour. Artists, arts workers and organisations must be central to these conversations to navigate the evolving landscape.

In May, we welcome you to join three online sessions where industry experts will tackle legal and ethical tensions at the intersection of AI and arts practice. NAVA Talks AI will also assist in informing NAVA’s ongoing advocacy work in the AI space.

Participation is free. Register for each session to join the conversation. 

These sessions will be Auslan interpreted and live captioned. If you have any additional access requirements, please contact as soon as possible.

NAVA Talks AI and ICIP
1-2pm AEST online, Monday 13 May 2024

Co-facilitated by NAVA and Shevaun Wright, artist and solicitor at Terri Janke and Company, this session delves into the intersection of AI and Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP). We’ll explore how AI art projects engage with traditional knowledge and ICIP, the potential for exploitation of ICIP by AI, and good practice protocols for appropriate AI use that respects ICIP rights. Register

NAVA Talks AI and Copyright
1-2pm AEST online, Wednesday 22 May 2024

Katherine Giles from Arts Law joins NAVA to shed light on the current application of copyright law to AI. This includes clearing copyright in AI-generated material, determining copyright ownership of AI-produced material, and navigating legal grey areas. The session aims to provide participants with insights into artists’ engagement with AI technology and suggests good practices for protecting creators’ rights. Register

NAVA Talks AI in Arts Practice
1-2pm AEST online, Wednesday 29 May 2024

Artist Kailum Graves will discuss his approach to incorporating AI in creative expression, exploring its potential to inform artistic expression while addressing questions of authorship, authenticity, and ethical implications. From generative AI to collaborative endeavours, the conversation will highlight opportunities for innovation while considering the ethical, societal, and existential implications, particuarly focusing on the homogenising impact on creativity. Register

NAVA acknowledges and pays respects to the rightful custodians of the many First Nations Lands upon which this online event will be streamed and received. We recognise all Custodians of Country throughout all lands, waters and territories, and pay respect to First Nations communities’ Ancestors and Elders. Sovereignty was never ceded.


A4 Art Australia 2024

National Exhibition

We would like to invite you and your fellow artists, members, and students (over 18) to participate in our 11th annual A4 Art Australia exhibition – showing from 2 March to 1 April 2024.

The exciting news is that the exhibition will be open to the public at the Herring Island Art Gallery for a period of 5 weekends including Labour Day 11 March, Good Friday, 29 March and Easter Monday, 1 April in 2024.

Each year this exhibition has grown and proven to be popular with the public, with high visitor numbers over the exhibition duration and many sales. This year we will again have an online ‘e-shop’ for artwork sales, making it even easier for art-lovers to buy your work! Artworks will be held by us and available for online sales after the end of the physical exhibition (1 April) and available online to purchase until the 30 June 2024. All unsold artworks will be returned after this time.

The exhibition is widely promoted with a downloadable e-invitation, advertisements in Art Almanac, and other publications, as well as public signboards and social media – FacebookInstagram & Twitter. This Annual Exhibition is popular with the public, and our 2022 exhibition had record artwork sales, selling over 220 individual artworks, or one in every 3.5 artworks on show selling! We also offer to post (2D artworks) anywhere in Australia for the catalogue price (unframed) This is also popular. Whilst we can’t guarantee everyone will sell, we try our best to assist in sales!

What is A4 Art Australia? 

A4 Art Australia is an exhibition of A4-sized artworks, hence the title. This exhibition showcases A4-sized artworks by both established and emerging contemporary artists and offers all participating artists the opportunity gain exposure for their art at low entry cost. By having a theme of A4 sized artworks, artists from all over Australia have an opportunity to submit works via Australia Post. All 2D artworks will be framed for the exhibition (see conditions) and entry is only $15 per artwork. All exhibited artworks will be photographed and exhibited on the CAS website.

Contemporary artists are invited to submit up to four (4) A4-sized artworks for the exhibition.

Note: Both 2D & 3D works may be submitted.

See our website for ALL DETAILS, conditions of entry & ONLINE ENTRY-FORM.

NOTEDeadline for receipt of entries and Artworks: Friday 16 February 2024.

Please pass on this information to any other artists you know who might be interested in participating.

Kind regards,

Cressida Fox

Secretary, Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc.

Phone: (03) 9428 0568




More info about A4 Art Australia

A4 Art Australia is run by the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc. The Society is a non-profit organization, run on a voluntary basis by artists for the benefit of artists and those interested in the arts. It is based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and was founded in 1938.

A4 Art Australia will be held in the Gallery on Herring Island (Richmond) as part of the Herring Island Summer Arts Festival 2024 in Melbourne. Herring Island is a unique island in the middle of the Yarra River, between Richmond and South Yarra, only 3.5km from the Melbourne CBD.

The exhibition (and gallery) will be open to the public 11.00am – 4.30pm on the following dates: 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 MARCH & 1 APRIL 2024.

Entry cost: Entry is AU$15 per work…

Plus a fixed $10 postage, packaging & parcel tracking (by Australia Post) charge for return of your unsold 2-D works.

Additional size/weight-related postage charges apply for 3D works.

Note: Entry fees can be paid by Credit Card (via PayPal), or Bank transfer (EFT). 

How to enter:ENTER ONLINE via our website.

All 2D entries and entry payments must be received by us by Friday 16 February 2024.

Are you a member of the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria?

CAS exhibiting members receive 3 FREE entries (worth $45). CAS Membership is $60 per financial year (1st July 2023 to 30th June 2024) with many other benefits. If you are interested in becoming a member, see HERE for more information.

Any further questions?

See the CAS website for the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), or email us at

Bea Roche

We will all remember Bea Roche who sadly passed away last week in our own ways. She was an outstanding member of the Art Society for more years than many of us can recall.

I have asked Tony Prince, a Society Life Member as was Bea, to give us some recollections of Bea, and I post these thoughts here:

Bea Roche. One can’t help thinking that Bea & The Hornsby Art Society are synonymous. I can’t remember a time when she was not a participating member. Prolific, determined, adventurous are just three of the terms I would use to describe Bea, but there are many more, such as cheeky, innovative, energetic, giving & enthusiastic. Bea also had a talent for getting herself involved in funny situations & it is my privilege to mention just a few.

For example….Calling on the Hanging Team to help her re-hang curtains in her lounge room; but not just anywhere. Try over the staircase leading to her downstairs area: no way could we use a ladder to reach the curtain rod, so Paul Bicknell, a HT stalwart, had to stand on the banister handrail with one foot & step across a meter or so of unforgiving stairs to put the other on the windowsill while stretching up as far as he could to replace the curtain rod. Meanwhile, Bea was giving instructions not to fall!

Another memory : A demo night at the ‘old’ gallery with well known artist Julie Simmons painting a lovely townscape & showing us how to do telephone wires with one sweep of the brush. Bea, of course made sure she didn’t miss anything by sitting so close to the artist she was almost on her lap!

Or a visit to a glass work artist’s studio in Glenorie organised by Jan Martin, to watch glass slumping in progress. I had been instructed to smash a large sheet of glass with a sledgehammer to create all the bits needed for the next stage of the process. Bea proceeded to scramble around to pick up the left-overs for her jewellery pieces, saying “she won’t mind if I take a few bits, will she?”

Adventurous & enthusiastic? Yes indeed! Watercolourist, Yupo paper user, prolific card producer & jewellery maker (dare I mention muffin cook & fudge creator!). Trish & I enjoyed helping Bea set up her exhibits at several ‘Wheel & Weft’ exhibitions in recent years; the last one being only a couple of weeks ago where she sold one hundred & fifty cards & two paintings: not bad for a Lady of almost 99 years (and yes; she handed out delicious cinnamon muffins as a thank you!)

On a more formal note, Bea, who was a Life Member served on the HAS Committee for some years & was a regular participant in a painting group on Tuesday mornings. Until the last couple of years Bea rarely missed an HAS exhibition opening night, but mobility issues became a problem as they inevitably do for many of us who grace this earth for so many years. Our loss might be St. Peter’s gain, but on the plus side there are so many memories of this truly wonderful Lady & we are all richer for having them to draw on.

Happy painting Bea!