Leading researchers appointed to Australian arts and culture think tank

AAH News A New Approach, Media release

Five eminent Australian researchers have been appointed to support A New Approach – the independent think tank created to champion effective investment and return in Australia’s arts and culture.

Over the coming 18 months, A New Approach will release a series of research reports and case studies that explore the diverse benefits of arts and cultural activity as well as current and potential approaches to advance public and private investment in cultural activity.

Program Director Kate Fielding said “While there is a clear and determined agenda of issues to raise and explore, our work will continually centre on what culture is for, and the role of government alongside others in realising greater benefits.”

Guiding the A New Approach research agenda are some of Australia’s leading scholars in the humanities, arts and creative industries, all of whom have collaborated with government, industry and the arts and cultural sector. The new research working group is chaired by Professor Malcolm Gillies AM FAHA, former President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, with other Fellows of the Academy:

Biographies of the members are included on our website.

A New Approach’s research will draw on a broad range of expertise and scholarship. The research working group – and others engaged throughout the program of work – will ensure the research agenda is innovative, informed by the relevant research which is occurring in Australia’s arts and culture disciplines, and assist in facilitating linkages between research, practice and policy directions.

Academy President, Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA, said “Independent research underpins our commitment to building bipartisan, business and wider community support for arts and culture. I congratulate the Fellows on their appointment and am delighted that they will be drawing on the expertise of our Fellowship and beyond to ensure existing and new research is informing this important national conversation.”

Professor Gillies said “This working group brings leading and multiple perspectives together to inform the agenda, to challenge ideas and to create innovative and sometimes provocative outputs. We look forward to engaging with other perspectives during A New Approach’s program of work.”

A New Approach will be releasing the first wave of insight reports throughout 2019 and looks forward to sharing findings related to public investment trends and current understandings of the benefits of art and cultural participation.

Media enquiries

Program Director Kate Fielding via 02 6125 9860 or NewApproach@humanities.org.au

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.