A New Approach announced for the arts in Australia

A new $1.65M program intended to champion Australia’s cultural sector is a step closer to realisation but will not be run by arts sector insiders.
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Two non-arts organisations – one an academic body, the other a communications firm with close ties to government agencies and the corporate sector – have been appointed to run a new, $1.65 million project designed to champion Australian arts and culture.

The Australian Academy of the Humanities and Newgate Communications have been jointly engaged to deliver the project, called A New Approach. The project has been initiated by and bankrolled by the Myer Foundation, the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, and the Keir Foundation.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts