Rupert Myer to lead new advisory group for Australian arts and culture think tank

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Renowned Australian arts philanthropist, Rupert Myer, will chair a new 10-member Reference Group to provide strategic advice for A New Approach, the independent think tank tasked with championing Australia’s investment and return in arts and culture.

The Reference Group will help guide the work of A New Approach, which aims to strengthen bipartisan, business and community support for arts and culture through a national research and advocacy program.

Announced today, the Reference Group draws on a broad range of expertise across culture, policy, research, technology and communications with the following members:

  • Rupert Myer AO (Chair)
  • Video game developer Kim Allom
  • Publisher and director of Australian Publishers Association and Copyright Agency Jane Curry
  • Chief Executive of the Grattan Institute John Daley
  • Musician and performing artist Genevieve Lacey
  • Executive Director of the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA Shelagh Magadza
  • Australian diplomat Damien Miller
  • Designer, festival director and film producer Alison Page
  • Political journalist Laura Tingle
  • Director of the National Museum of Australia Mathew Trinca

Biographies of the members are included on our website.

The Reference Group will provide strategic advice on A New Approach’s research agenda and public engagement initiatives. They are also a crucial part of the think tank’s work in building a cohort of champions for the importance of effective investment in a strong creative and cultural life for Australia.

Academy President, Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA, said “This is an outstanding group of strategic thinkers. Their fresh perspectives—as both individuals and as a collective—will make invaluable contributions to our quest to transform the approach to investment and return in arts and culture in Australia.”

Chair of the Reference Group, Mr Myer, said “Along with my colleagues on the Reference Group I look forward to supporting Program Director Kate Fielding in her important work. As a think tank our work will be focused on developing a thoughtful evidence-base to help drive a strong future for the creative and cultural life of Australia.”

Program Director for A New Approach, Kate Fielding, said “The Reference Group bring a wide range of experiences, expertise and points of view. I am delighted that our work will be shaped by this cohort of leaders, thinkers and creators.”

The next meeting of the Reference Group for A New Approach will be held in May 2019.


Media enquiries

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About A New Approach

A New Approach is an independent think tank championing effective investment and return in Australian arts and culture. It was established in 2018, seeded by a $1.65M commitment by The Myer Foundation, the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and the Keir Foundation.  The Australian Academy of the Humanities is the lead delivery partner for this initiative.

You can learn more about the initiative on our website.