Designed by artist John Young and gifted to the National Library through the Tapestry Foundation of Australia, the artwork, titled Finding Kenneth Myer, was commissioned by Mr Myer’s siblings, Mrs Neilma Gantner, Baillieu Myer AC and Lady Southey AC, and other members of the family to commemorate his life. He died in 1992.
The tapestry, which is made of wool and cotton and has been hung on the Lower Ground Floor adjacent to the Theatre, was woven by John Dicks, Milena Paplinska and Cheryl Thornton of the Australian Tapestry Workshop.
Director-General of the National Library of Australia Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich thanked the Myer family for their generosity in commissioning the tapestry in Mr Myer’s memory.
‘Kenneth Myer was a long-time friend and supporter of the National Library,’ she said. ‘He was a founding member of the National Library Council in 1961 and also served as its Chairman from 1974 to 1982.
‘Through the generosity of his family, his legacy lives on through the annual Kenneth Myer Lecture at the National Library which provides an opportunity for eminent Australians to talk about issues that affect us all.’
An image of the tapestry unveiling is available at http://www.nla.gov.au/media/NLA.zip
Left to right: John Young, artist; Ms Joanna Baevski, daughter of Ken Myer; Mr Baillieu Myer AC, brother of Ken Myer, Mr James Spigelman AC ; Chair of the National Library of Australia Council; Mrs Neilma Gantner and Lady Southey AC, sisters of Ken Myer; and Director-General of the NLA, Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich.
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