Phillip Keir has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Biennale of Sydney as preparations for the 20th staging of the event in 2016 gather pace. Phillip is co-founder of the Keir Foundation and has been a Director of the Biennale of Sydney for the past 8 years. He was formally founder and publisher of nextmedia, the fourth largest consumer magazine company in Australia. He has devoted much of his professional career and personal energy to fostering innovation and excellence in the arts through the philanthropic support provided by the Keir Foundation and his earlier work as a theatre director and performer in Europe, the US and Australia. The Keir Foundation’s most recent initiative, the Keir Choreographic Award, took place in July at Carriageworks, Sydney and Dancehouse, Melbourne.
On his appointment as Chairman, Phillip said: ‘The Biennale of Sydney is one of the world’s leading and most anticipated contemporary arts festivals. It is an honour to accept the role of Chairman and I look forward to working closely with our funding and collaborative partners, our many generous supporters and our professional festival staff.’
Mr Keir praised his immediate predecessor, Andrew Cameron, who will continue his association with the Biennale as a Director of the Board. ‘We sincerely thank Andrew for his enormous commitment to the Biennale as Interim Chairman throughout this year. We are delighted Andrew will remain an integral member of the Board in addition to his other commitments, which include his role as Chair of the Belvoir Street Theatre.’
Image: Phillip Keir. Photographer: Sue Murray