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Baillieu Myer AC is new Patron of ATW

01-07-2013

The Australian Tapestry Workshop is honoured to announce that Baillieu Myer AC has accepted the role of Patron. Mr Myer is one of the Workshop’s most longstanding and enthusiastic supporters as well as being a leading philanthropist and cultural leader. We are delighted that he will continue the legacy of our late Patron Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE, who was a driving force behind the Workshop’s establishment and a tireless promoter of its work.

Baillieu Myer’s association with the Workshop (formerly known as the Victorian Tapestry Workshop) dates back to even before its founding. Mr Myer was a member of the committee charged by Premier Rupert Hamer in 1973 with investigating the establishment of a tapestry workshop and played a crucial role in its early years. He later went on to form the Tapestry Foundation of Victoria (now known as the Tapestry Foundation of Australia) in 1995, together with Dame Elisabeth, J Arnold Hancock OBE and Jack Kennedy, serving as a Trustee through 2009.

He and his wife Sarah have been key supporters of the Workshop, commissioning several tapestries for their private collection. Mr Myer was also instrumental in numerous public projects, including tapestries for several Australian embassies as well as a major tapestry for the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria and one for the National Library of Australia, in which Mr Myer joined with other family members to support. He also provided a vital challenge gift that helped launch the Workshop’s first-ever annual giving campaign in 2012.

For forty years Mr Myer has been an important donor and advisor, advocating for and increasing public awareness of the Workshop. We are delighted that he had chosen to strengthen his bond with the Workshop even further through accepting the role of Patron.

Image: Baillieu Myer AC and his wife Sarah cut off the Diamond Jubilee tapestry with ATW weavers Sue Batten and Chris Cochius in the background (Photo: John Brash)

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