New National Gallery Of Victoria President Announced
The State Government today announced the appointment of Allan Myers QC to the position of President of the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria.
Arts Minister Mary Delahunty said Mr Myers, 56, a Queens Counsel since 1986, has worked in all jurisdictions in Australia, the UK and Papua New Guinea.
A barrister specialising in commercial law, Mr Myers was appointed to the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria in June 2003 and succeeds Melbourne businessman Steve Vizard as NGV President.
Ms Delahunty said Mr Myers had a reputation as a quiet philanthropist with an interest in art and medical research. Mr Myers is a graduate of the University of Melbourne – where he was the Supreme Court Prize winner in 1969 – and Oxford University.
He has had a distinguished career at the Bar since 1975 – and was appointed a Queens Counsel in 1986. He is a member of the board of the Howard Florey Institute, Australia’s leading brain research centre
Ms Delahunty said Mr Myers would lead the NGV into an exciting new chapter following the $168 million redevelopment and remodelling of the NGV, the largest redevelopment program of any cultural institution in Australia.
“Victorians, interstate and international visitors now enjoy two world-class art galleries – the NGV International and the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square – and two world-class collections, free of charge,” she said.
“Not only is the NGV one of the world’s great art museums, it is a cultural icon for Melbourne and Victoria,” Ms Delahunty said.
“The Government believes in investing for the future, not just in bricks and mortar, but in the cultural life of our citizens,” she said.
More than three million people are expected to visit the two galleries this year.
“In his time on the Board Mr Myers has impressed with his love of the visual arts, his solid board level experience and high-level professional expertise.
The appointment is a voluntary statutory position until May 2006.
Ms Delahunty paid tribute to Mr Vizard for steering the NGV Board through a period of unprecedented change.
“As President of the Board of Trustees of the NGV, Steve Vizard delivered two outstanding projects for the people of Victoria – the new NGV spaces at Federation Square and the jewel in the crown, the remodelled NGV International on St Kilda Road.
“He led the Board from the early stages of both these projects and can take pride in his achievements. Steve has been generous with his time and talent and all Victorians thank him for that.’’
Ms Delahunty said providing access to quality and inspiring cultural experiences was at the heart of the Government’s arts policy, Creative Capacity Plus, Arts for All Victorians.
“The National Gallery is a place to inspire and educate and an important place for community engagement with the arts,” Ms Delahunty said.
“I wish Mr Myers well in this new and important position,’’ she said.
Ms Delahunty said the arts have flourished under the Bracks Government, which takes the view that culture should be an integral part of life, not an add-on.
Victoria’s cultural assets – land, buildings and collections – are valued at $3.81 billion (as at June 2003), a huge investment in cultural infrastructure.
Cultural venues include: The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, NGV International, ACMI, redeveloped spaces at the State Library, Ngargee – Victoria’s new Centre for Contemporary Art, as well as new and redeveloped regional Performing Arts Centres (Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre, La Trobe Regional Gallery in Morwell and the Wellington Performing Arts Centre in Sale).