On Sunday 17 February over 180 donors, supporters and invited guests gathered at McClelland for the opening of the Sarah & Baillieu Myer Education Pavilion + Graham Family Terrace. It was a wonderful occasion and guests enjoyed the opportunity to view the major east-facing extension, designed by highly acclaimed architect Kerstin Thompson. The Education Pavilion and adjoining Terrace have been generously supported by Mrs Sarah Myer and Mr Baillieu Myer AC, the Sidney Myer Fund, the Yulgilbar Foundation, the Graham Family, The Hugh Williamson Foundation and The Calvert-Jones Foundation. The project was realised through the vision and commitment of Maudie Palmer AO.

At the opening event, McClelland was delighted to welcome N’Arweet Carolyn Briggs to perform the Welcome to Country; Guest Speaker, Rupert Myer AO, representing the Myer family; Michelle Graham, representing the Graham family, and the Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke, representing Premier Daniel Andrews, to officially declare the Education Pavilion open. Other speakers at the event included Martin Carlson OAM, representing the Hugh Williamson Foundation, Susie Hamson, Chairman of McClelland’s Board of Trustees and Lisa Byrne, Director. Internationally recognised pianist and composer Stefan Cassomenos performed in the Pavilion at the conclusion of the speeches, firmly embedding the importance of artistic and creative pursuits to this purpose-built space.

Emphasised by all the speakers at the event and throughout the day, was the importance of community to McClelland’s past, present and future:

“The four families supporting this new Pavilion and Terrace have given McClelland the opportunity to now pass forward their gift to our local community, we are very fortunate to be in this position” – Lisa Byrne, Director

“Here is a critical addition to this institution’s cultural infrastructure. It enhances the way the community can interact with what exists here for its benefit… Cultural literacy and engagement in the arts are at the heart of our lives and they reflect values that are deeply embedded in Australian society.” – Rupert Myer AO

“…it’s a celebration of every person, name on the wall or not, who has come through the gates over the last half a century.  Because it is these people who have knowingly or unknowingly contributed, simply by their patronage, to the enduring purpose of McClelland…” – Michelle Graham

McClelland has a long history of education, offering a unique setting that appeals to children and adults alike. The Sarah & Baillieu Myer Education Pavilion provides a fluid link between the internal spaces of the gallery and the environmentally significant landscape of the sculpture park. This will enable workshops, performances and functions to extend into the open air and will maximize the opportunities for outdoor learning.

In addition to providing a venue for McClelland’s education program, enquiries regarding private hire of the venue are welcome. Please contact our gallery staff on 9789 1671 or eraworth@mcclellandgallery.com to send an email enquiry.