Australian Book Review Patrons’ Annual Lecture

Kim Williams AM presents the inaugural Australian Book Review (ABR) Patrons’ Lecture

Cultural Renewal in Modern Australia: Philanthropy, public discourse and the role of the ‘public academy’ in the modern era

15 February, 2016

Kim Williams has had a long and stellar career in news media, film and television, and music. Over four decades he has served on numerous boards in the cultural sector.

Having been a long-term supporter of ABR, an arts advocate and a private investor in diverse creative arenas, he will explore the notion of what he describes as the ‘public academy’ in the modern era. Kim Williams will discuss philanthropy, thought leadership and policy agenda setting. He will reflect on directions in public discourse and on current trends in cultural policy determination. His lecture will focus on the need for open, respectful debate and on the primacy of renewal in policy and financial commitments from the public and government equally.

Philanthropic support from more than 150 Patrons has transformed ABR in recent years. The ABR Patrons’ Annual Lecture is an important expression of this altruism and a major contribution to cultural debate.


Kim Williams

Kim Williams (BMus '74) has held many positions including as CEO of each News Corp Australia, FOXTEL, FOX Studios Australia, the Australian Film Commission and Musica Viva. He is the newest Commissioner of the AFL and recently completed a 9 year term as Chairman of the Sydney Opera House Trust. He has had many other board positions and won numerous awards and prizes - ranging from national Lego champion to being awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Macquarie University recognising his service to the Australian arts and entertainment industry here and internationally.