After much speculation, and a lot of philanthropic money, Australia is getting a new think tank especially for arts and culture. It’s called A New Approach, and historian and community arts worker Kate Fielding is its first program director.
“I’ve got to say one of the things that is most exiting about this project it that, as the name says, it is a new approach and that’s quite genuine,” she told Crikey in a phone interview. “The foundations funding this work are interested in exploring what a new approach would look like, they’re genuine that they don’t have a preconceived notion about what that will be, and I think that’s quite exceptional, I think that’s quite courageous.”
“The opportunity is there, the challenge is there, and it means actually proceeding with care to work out what it is that this should be. This is a project that would look to see what could be possible.”