Board

ANN GAMBLE MYER, President and Founding Patron

As an independent company director, Ann Gamble Myer has contributed to the growth and dynamism of Brisbane's arts community and helped to position it within the Asia Pacific region. Over the last 20 years, through her commitment to philanthropic endeavors, Ann has fostered a sense of giving and invited individuals to support the arts and individual artists. As a Trustee of Queensland Art Gallery/ GOMA for over 12 years, as well as an active member of the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Council, Ann is a Special Patron of the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation. Through her involvement in the gallery, she facilitated the creation of the Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art and contributed towards the development of the Gallery's important Asia Pacific contemporary art collection.

Ann has served as a board member of Velocity (Brisbane Marketing), Myer Foundation Social Justice Committee for 13 years, and was a Founding Benefactor of The Barrier Reef Research Foundation. In addition, she has supported the Youth Enterprise Trust of Queensland and chaired the fundraising committee for the building of the Guide Dog Association's Breeding and Training Center at Bald Hills. She remains an active supporter of Australian Chamber Orchestra over many years. Ann is the founding patron and president of NEWflames Foundation Inc. a mentoring program for Indigenous artists based in Canopy Arts, Cairns.

 

PHILIP BACON, AM Vice President

In 1968 Philip Bacon took a risk that paid off. He abandoned his university studies in arts and law to manage the Grand Central Galleries in Brisbane and Surfers Paradise. Six years later, he opened Philip Bacon Galleries which became the largest and most prestigious private art gallery in Brisbane. Philip Bacon has embraced and nurtured the arts and cultural scene in Australia. He has served as Art Consultant to Expo 88 and on many boards and foundations, including those of Opera Australia and the National Gallery of Australia. In 1999, he was made a Member, Order of Australia for services to the visual and performing arts. Philip Bacon is a well-known philanthropist and patron, and is sponsor of the Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery at the State Library of Queensland

 

TOM LOWENSTEIN, Director

Tom Lowenstein is one of Australia's most respected tax accountants and financial advisors whose association with the arts extends over 30 years. His first arts client was John Olsen, arguably Australia's most acclaimed contemporary artist. They enjoy an enduring friendship, with both having mentored younger artists with their respective skills. Tom holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants. He has been in public practice since 1961. His areas of specialisation include income tax, capital gains tax, business and investment advice, tax and estate planning and international tax advice. Tom is an authority on taxation and tax planning in the area of visual arts, performing arts, entertainers and other creative elements. He has written numerous articles and has given lectures in the areas of Art Investment, Superannuation, and the Cultural Gifts Program.

Tom has an extensive history of contribution to the arts in Victoria and Australia. He has been a board member of the Museum of Modern Art at Heide, a founding board member of Viscopy, and a Foundation Board member of 200 Gertrude Street. He is currently a Board member of the George Baldessin Foundation and is a Trustee of the Australian Visual Artists Benevolent Fund. Tom is now concentrating his efforts as Managing Partner of Lowensteins Arts Management and as Executive Director of the Painters & Sculptors Association of Australia Ltd.

 

ADAM MICMACHER, Treasurer

Adam Micmacher has managed the Sydney officeof Lowensteins Arts Managementsince 1996, after working for Lowenstein Sharp in Melbourne for 10 years. A graduate of Monash University (Business Accounting), Adam majored in finance, later graduating from the Securities Institute of Australia. Adam has been Treasurer and Secretary of NAVA (National Association for Visual Arts) for several years and is now a Consultant in an advisory capacity and a contributor to their newsletters. He is also on the Board of New Flames Inc. providing Financial guidance. He also lectures to graduates and staff at major Art Schools and Universities in Sydney. His relationship with the arts fraternity in Sydney has been an important one, evidenced by the significant growth in arts related clients over the last five years.

MICHAEL EATHER, Co-Founder

Michael Eather is a painter, sculptor and writer who is also a freelance curator of Indigenous Art. In 1988, Eather co-founded Campfire group, a collective of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists working on contemporary art projects and commissions. Eather is Director of Fire-Works gallery in Brisbane, established in 1993. Whilst Eather has exhibited solo paintings and sculpture since 1986 he has maintained a strong interest in collaborative artworks and cross-cultural projects.