Policy Matters: Key Insights from A New Approach from our 2020 Symposium

In August 2018 the Australian government released Sport 2030 – a comprehensive plan to reshape Australian sport and build and healthier, more physically active nation. But what makes for an effective, comprehensive and inclusive policy when it comes to the arts and culture sector? How can policy inspire and create cultural confidence in all Australians? And is it wishful thinking to aim for a national arts and cultural policy that spans three tiers of government, with agreed levels of investment and targets, and an effective delivery mechanism? For independent think tank A New Approach (ANA), these questions are top of mind, especially as the role of arts and culture in our daily lives take on a striking new relevance in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chaired by former President of the Academy Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA, Session 3 of our 2020 Symposium ‘Policy Matters: Key Insights from A New Approach’ gets to the heart of these questions and many more with panellists Rupert Myer AO (businessman, philanthropist, and Chair of ANA Reference Group) Emeritus Professor Malcolm Gillies AM FAHA (musicologist, linguist, and Chair of the ANA Research Working Group) Francesca Valmorbida (Arts and Culture Policy Advisor for the Municipal Association of Victoria)  Ros Abercrombie (Executive Director of Regional Arts Australia) and Kate Fielding (Program Director of ANA).


During the session these leaders of the arts and culture sector raise and discuss a number of topics in relation to our current policy landscape: how and where arts and culture sit within the broader Australian creative economy, what changes in the arts and culture landscape have been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, and why an understanding of the perceptions of governments and other stakeholders is crucial to the future of arts and culture.

The fully-captioned video from this session is now available to view on our YouTube channel and on our website.

Stay tuned for upcoming videos including:

  • Connecting Policy and Artists, feat. Director of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet, Executive Dean of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University Professor Clive Barstow, politician, public servant and public intellectual Christopher John Guelph Puplick and Artistic Director of Orchestra Victoria Nicolette Fraillon.
  • Closing Celebration event: a very special session of music, reflection and ideas including closing remarks from Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA, a reflections from arts leader Robyn Archer AO FAHA on her vision for Australia’s cultural future, an address from 2020 John Mulvaney Fellowship recipient Carol McGregor on how the humanities has informed her creative practice as an artist, and a live performance from Nancy Bates of her original song commissioned especially for the 51st Academy Symposium.

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