Speeches and Opinion

Opening remarks Latvian National Museum of Art Imants Tillers – Journey to Nowhere

02 August 2018

On 6 July 2018, outgoing Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts Rupert Myer spoke at the opening of a major exhibition by Australian artist Imants Tillers at the Latvian Museum of Art. The exhibition, which references Tillers’ Latvian background, was proudly supported by the Australia Council.

Adelaide Biennial 2018 - Rupert Myer AO

04 April 2018

'No pre-determined, thematic manifesto or master narrative.' Curator Erica Green This language and these expressions are generous in themselves, fresh and insightful. They speak of a greater cultural democracy with the warmth of inclusion and the rejection of a singular totemic view, determined by only a few. This approach honours the view that ideas are hotly contested spaces requiring broad views of histories and hugely diverse views of the present.

Opening Rick Amor Hamilton Gallery - Rupert Myer AO

04 April 2018

I think that it is a trait of a great artist that occasions arise where our real life imitates their art, when we encounter scenes that instantly reminds us of how that artist would view it: a stand of cyprus pines, a singular figure on a beach, a park with a pavilion, a certain light or time of day, the way a shadow might fall across a form, an architectural completeness observed from an unintended perspective. A knowing smile and a small nod of the head – that is a Rick Amor we would say.

Grafton Gallery Archibald Exhibition - Rupert Myer AO

04 April 2018

By providing powerful visual arts experiences to the local community and to visitors, you are defining taste, creating cultural memories and ensuring that the great tradition of thoughtfully presenting works of art is honoured and maintained. Have no doubt that, with your imagination, talent and skills, you change lives by what you do.

2018 Australia Council Awards - Rupert Myer AO

20 March 2018

Nigel Helyer, Pat Brassington, Phillip Adams, Edwin Kemp Attrill, Christian Ramillo, Liza Lim, Bruce Pascoe and Liz Jones…what a privilege to have this line up of artists in one place, being celebrated for their contribution to their art forms and to the way Australian arts and culture is appreciated internationally. And we honour and recognise the training and education, time, skill, devotion, persistence, resilience, tenacity, triumph, failure, rebuilding, energy expended, generosity.

Nick Waterlow OAM Memorial Lecture - Rupert Myer AO

20 March 2018

As in this Sydney Biennale, it is the sum of freshly minted insights as well as the reinterpretation of ancient ideas that should enlighten audiences, and be thoughtful, provocative and challenging. It is the plurality of ideas, the broad views of histories and hugely diverse interpretations of the present that save us from the narrow views and propaganda of some. What a comfort it is to know that art and artists play a central and critical role in this.

Cherish Harold Holt’s legacy so the arts can flourish - Rupert Myer AO

01 November 2017

It is 50 years ago today that Harold Holt announced his government’s decision to support Australian cultural activity by establishing a council for the arts and a national gallery.

'Why supporting the arts makes sense for everyone' 11 November 2016 - Rupert Myer AO

30 November 2016

You are first amongst the growing number of Australians who experience and participate in the arts as part of their every day, and you already believe that the arts enrich and create meaning in peoples’ lives, that they have the capacity to unify communities, activate spaces, promote sustainable development, investment, tourism and economic activity, supplement education and improve health, increase well-being and shine the spotlight on local, national and global issues.

International Society of Performing Arts Fellowship Announcement 3 June 2016 – Dr Wendy Were

29 June 2016

Dr Wendy Were talks about the challenges faced by the Australian arts sector, international development managers, continuing support programs, the launch of the ISPA Fellowship and Regional Fellowships Program.

National Indigenous Arts Awards 27 May 2016 – Rupert Myer AO

30 May 2016

The acknowledgement of the central purpose of these National Indigenous Art Awards which is to celebrate the achievements and artistic creativity of exceptional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

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