Tony Grybowski’s tireless commitment to building a stronger more inclusive arts sector is honoured as his 11 year tenure at the Australia Council draws to a close.
The Australia Council Board, staff and
executive thank Mr Grybowski for more than a decade of service to the Australia
Council, including five years as CEO, and previously as an Executive Director.
Council Chair Sam Walsh AO thanked Mr
Grybowski for his leadership and
“Over the last year and a half, both as
a member of the Australia Council Board and now as Chair, I have worked closely
with Tony and observed his passion for the Australia Council, the arts sector
and the arts more broadly. His work over the past 11 years, including five
years as CEO, has steered us toward a strong and ambitious future for the
Former Chair Rupert Myer AO also paid
tribute to Mr Grybowski’s strong commitment to the arts:
“Throughout his term, Tony’s early
training as a musician and orchestra member has contributed to his deep
engagement with the arts sector and individual artists. Combined with his
sharp focus on strategy and its implementation, as well as his ability to work
effectively with staff and colleagues, government, benefactors and arts
leaders, Tony has been an outstanding leader of the
Australia Council. He has combined these attributes with detailed work
across the whole country, in regional centres as well as the capital cities,
and has always placed artists at the centre of his considerations. I
congratulate him on his many achievements,” he said.
On behalf of the Australia Council’s
Executive team, Executive Director of Strategic Development and Advocacy
Dr Wendy Were, said Mr Grybowski had been instrumental in driving change that
will continue to benefit the arts sector well into the future:
“Tony’s steadfast commitment to a more
inclusive and sustainable arts sector has been central to his leadership. He
has successfully led significant reform across all facets of the Council, which
has had great impact in increasing the diversity and accessibility of
Australian arts. No small part of his legacy has been his championing of the
Australia Council’s capacity building programs which have benefited hundreds of
arts leaders, supporting them to achieve their potential, and empowered new
leaders to emerge from increasingly diverse communities. This is foundational
work that will reap long term benefits to the artistic community and to all the
Australians who reap the benefits of a thriving cultural sector,” she said.
Executive Director Esther Anatolitis also congratulated Mr Grybowski on his
to First Nations arts through policy, protocols, fellowships and other
programs, his commitment to disability arts and accessibility, the introduction
of valuable new initiatives such as the Arts and Disability programs announced
recently at Meeting Place and his focus on cultural diversity. These
initiatives speak to Tony’s vision for lasting impact that’s sustained by a
strengthened sector,” she said.
CEO and Artistic Director of the
Adelaide Festival Centre Douglas Gautier AM also offered thanks:
“Tony’s recognition of the arts centres
and collecting institutions as key to the creative and
multicultural fabric of our country has been much appreciated,” he said.
Australia Council has benefited from Mr Grybowski’s enthusiasm and commitment
to the arts and his decades of experience, including his work as a professional
musician and an impressive 30 year career in arts administration, which
includes management positions with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva
Australia and seven years as General Manager of the Australian Youth Orchestra.
He has also worked with the State Government of Victoria at Arts Victoria.
Tony Grybowski's speeches:
2018 National Forum on Arts and Disability Meeting Place, Alice Springs.
"Five years ago, our then Chair, Rupert Myer, and I visited a visual art exhibition in Perth HERE&NOW13. This project was the result of an exceptional partnership between the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at University of Western Australia and DADAA. It brought together eleven of Western Australia’s outstanding artists with disability to explore processes of communication, embodiment and narrative through a variety of art forms including painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, performance and the digital medias.". Read more...
Performing arts centres Australia (PAC) 2018 Conference, Karratha.
"Two weekends ago I was in Melbourne at the opening of a show, by visual artist, Danie Mellor, in a commercial gallery. Known for his large contemporary pieces evoking landscape and cultural history, he created a significant and inspiring new work stretching across an entire wall, titled 'Land Story', using infra-red photography showing hidden stories of the past in the present image". Read more..
Brianna Roberts, Media Manager
Australia Council for the Arts
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