Finding Kenneth Myer
This tapestry was commissioned by the senior Myer siblings to commemorate the life and achievements of their oldest brother Kenneth Baillieu Myer AC DSC, who died in 1992. Kenneth was an extraordinary figure; a philanthropist for the arts, science and humanities. Along with significant personal donations to institutions such as the National Library of Australia and The Victorian Arts Centre throughout his life, Kenneth Myer AC DSC along with his siblings established the Sydney Myer Music Bowl, in honour of their late father Sydney Myer, 1878-1934, also a dedicated humanist and philanthropist, which was gifted to the people of Australia in 1959.
The tapestry has been designed by artist John Young. This is the second time the Workshop has worked with John as the designing artist on a tapestry. The first was for a commission for a tapestry, titled Open world, commissioned by the State Government of Victoria as a gift to the then newly established Nanjing Library, to celebrate the sister city relationship with Jiangsu Provence in the People's Republic of China.
When completed, this tapestry will be presented to the National Library of Australia, where Mr Myer served on the Interim Council by appointment of the Prime Minister Robert Menzies, 1960, as a founding member of the NLA statuary Council from 1961,and as Chairman of the NLA Council from 1974 - 1982.
Works on rotation include: image of tapestry cutting off with L-R, weavers Milena Paplinska, Cheryl Thornton, TFA Emeritus Trustee Arnold Hancock OAM, and weaver John Dicks.