Rupert Myer

Mr Rupert Myer

  • Post Nominals: FAHA, AO
  • Fellow Type: Honorary Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2021


Rupert serves as President of The Myer Foundation, and as Chair of arts and cultural think-tank, A New Approach.  He is a Member of the Felton Bequests’ Committee, a Board Member of the Yulgilbar Foundation and the Aranday Foundation and a Community Representative on the Council for the Order of Australia. He has a long connection with arts and culture, having served as Chair of the National Gallery of Australia, the Australia Council for the Arts and the Commonwealth Government’s Contemporary Visual Arts and Craft Inquiry. He is an Emeritus Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, a past Chair of Kaldor Public Art Projects and Opera Australia Capital Fund, and a past Board Member of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Australian International Cultural Foundation. His serves as Chair of ASX listed Amcil Limited.

He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005.  In 2011, he was made by the French Government a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite, and in 2012 an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.  In 2015, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.  His publications and speeches include The Nation and Beyond: The New Philanthropy (The Alfred Deakin Lecture Series, 2008),  Philanthropy in Education (Emmanuel College, University of Queensland, 2012), A Fount of Ideas: Regional Australia’s Turn (Inaugural Fairley Lecture, Shepparton, 2012) and Four Memos to Myself  (Nitro, 2018).

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.