The Ian Potter Foundation is the lead philanthropic donor for the refurbishment of the Library’s historic Queen’s Hall through a $10 million donation from the Foundation. The hall will be renamed in honour of Sir Ian Potter as the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall. The donation is the largest grant ever made by the Ian Potter Foundation’s education program and the largest donation ever received by the State Library.
The Ian Potter Foundation is a major Australian philanthropic foundation that supports and promotes excellence and innovation. The Foundation was established in 1964 by Australian financier, businessman and philanthropist, Sir Ian Potter (1902–1994).
The John and Myriam Wylie Foundation has donated $8 million to reopen the Russell Street entrance and to thoroughly transform the eastern end of the Library with the creation of a new world-class exhibition gallery and state-of-the-art collaborative spaces, along with a vibrant café and retail area on Russell Street.
The new gallery, to be known as The Victoria Gallery, endowed by the John and Myriam Wylie Foundation, will focus on telling the state’s stories by showcasing the best of the Library’s collection along with items from other institutions and private collections.
The John and Myriam Wylie Foundation is committed to supporting cultural and educational projects that create lasting impact for the Victorian community. The Foundation was established in 2011 by investment banker John Wylie and Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie, Honorary Consul General of France in Victoria.