Same, same but different – ABC announces new arts program

ABC has announced that Namila Benson will host a new arts program, Art Works, kicking off in May, but the news is plagued with questions around the rebrand.

The ABC has announced that in May it kicks off new weekly programming dedicated to the arts.

Art Works will be programmed on Wednesday evenings at 8.30pm, and effectively replaces The Mix, which was axed last month after a seven-year run.

Described as a half hour show ‘dedicated to exploring the full spectrum of the arts in Australia’, one might question why the show needed refresh and rebrand? The clue may rest in its new host.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina