Phillip Keir

Australia · Philanthropy

Phillip Keir worked in theatre and performance in New York, London and Cologne before joining Sydney Theatre Company as Associate Director. In 1987 he developed NextMedia, a consumer magazine company, which went on to become the 5th largest consumer magazine company in Australia, publishing popular culture titles including Rolling Stone Australia. He established the Keir Foundation to provide grant support to the arts and human rights. The Foundation is active in commissioning new work with an international dimension in the areas of Visual Arts and Dance. Recent international co-commissioning partners have included the V&A, LIFT, Chisenhale Gallery, Nottingham Contemporary, Performa, The Showroom, Holland Festival, La Briqueterie and Faits D’hiver. He has served on the boards of the London International Festival of Theatre, Aerowaves and the Power Institute of Sydney University and the Biennale of Sydney. Phillip has had a particular interest in contemporary dance since studying at the Merce Cunningham studios in the late 70s.

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