Australians from every walk of life participate in and benefit from arts, culture and creativity. 

Australia’s leading arts and culture think tank, A New Approach (ANA) makes this evident through independent research and analysis.

ANA’s work informs discussion, inspires public policy and brings together decision makers and industry leaders around evidence-led ideas and pathways for pragmatic action. 

ANA’s staff, led by CEO Kate Fielding, the Board of Directors chaired by Rupert Myer AO, its expert Reference Group and philanthropic partners are all driven by a shared vision of a cultural life that emboldens Australia.

ANA was established in 2021. Our independence is underpinned by a unique collaboration of 11 philanthropic partners: The Myer Foundation; Sidney Myer Fund; Tim Fairfax Family Foundation; The Ian Potter Foundation; Neilson Foundation; Minderoo Foundation; Besen Family Foundation; Spinifex Trust; The Keir Foundation; Aranday Foundation; and The Yulgilbar Foundation.

ANA grew from a collaborative investment from The Myer Foundation, the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and the Keir Foundation. ANA was incubated in the Australian Academy of the Humanities from 2018 – 2020. ANA is an Australian Public Company, limited By Guarantee and a registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC).

Our Values

ANA acknowledges the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia and their continuing cultural and creative practices in this land. This reminds us of the importance of sharing knowledge, skills and stories.

We recognise that Australia’s culture has been uniquely shaped by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, by the generations of people born in this place, and by the people from all around the globe who have made this place their home.

All these perspectives can help shape a cultural life that emboldens us. This aspiration informs the values that guide our work:

 

Independant

We are independent, non-partisan and self-funded


Targeted

We do what we are uniquely positioned to do


Leadership

We seek to constructively assist in shaping Australia’s cultural future


Pluralist

We embrace Australia’s, cultural, demographic and geographic diversity


Rigorous

We are objective and led by evidence


Inclusive

We believe culture and creativity belongs to, and is, the responsibility of everybody

 

What we mean by arts, culture and creativity

ANA acknowledges the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia and their continuing cultural and creative practices in this land. This reminds us of the importance of sharing knowledge, skills and stories.

ANA recognises that Australia’s culture has been uniquely shaped by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, by the generations of people born in this place, and by the people from all around the globe who have made this place their home.

All these perspectives can help shape a cultural life that emboldens us. This aspiration informs ANA’s definition of arts and culture, which is broad and inclusive. It includes activities like:

  • attending cultural events in person

  • visiting cultural venues in person

  • creating something

  • performing something

  • engaging with arts, culture and creative content within the home.

Not all arts, cultural and creative activities appeal to all people but most people feel that there is something within the category of ‘arts and culture’ that they enjoy and that is relevant and significant to them.

The word ‘culture’ has many different meanings. ANA uses ‘culture’ to refer to ways of living and everyday forms of expression and creativity that we either share as Australians or that we share with other members of our particular social groups or communities.

ANA notes also that arts and cultural activities can sit within the industrial category of the cultural and creative economy which includes industries and occupations that use creativity for production, and where cultural symbolism is evident in the finished product.

This includes the kinds of activities outlined above, but also includes industries and occupations that may be less obvious, like advertising, design and architecture.

New Approach acknowledges that it meets, works and travels on the lands of First Nations peoples. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and to all First Nations peoples.