Visual arts veteran named chair of Australia Council - Art Collector

25 June 2012 | Philanthropist Rupert Myer, the former chair of the National Gallery of Australia board, has been appointed chair of the Australia Council for the Arts.

The appointment follows the recent review of the Australia Council. Myers will be responsible for steering the council through the reforms recommended in the review.

Myers has strong connections with the Australian art world, having also been chair of the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation

He became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005 for his support for the visual arts. He is supporter of the NGV in particular, with many acquisitions having been made with his support, including Julie Dowling’s
Federation series.

Outgoing chairman James Strong says Myer is an excellent choice for the Australia Council because of his business acumen and instinct for good governance. “He understands the arts, and most importantly, believes in the centrality of the artist in the ecology of creative organisations,” he says.

Myer takes up the position from 1 July 2012.

Jane O'Sullivan

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