The Arts

Feb 23, 2018

In conversation with new arts think tank program director Kate Fielding

The inaugural director of Australia’s new arts and culture think tank has her work cut out for her.

Ben Eltham — <em>Crikey</em> arts commentator

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

Vivid Festival

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.”

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