On 10 March 2020, the arts in Australia lost one of its most fervent champions with the passing of Tony Gould AM.

The founding Director of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Tony is remembered by those who knew him well and worked with him as someone who was not only passionately supportive of the performing arts but also cared deeply for the people behind the art.

Following on from an already impressive career in the arts both as an actor and a respected arts administrator, Tony was appointed as Director of the yet-to-be-built $130 million QPAC in 1979 after a worldwide search. He opened QPAC in 1985 and under his 23-year tenure more than 8 million people visited QPAC for more than 12,000 performances. Tony also established the Brisbane Festival and was Artistic Director from 1996 to 2004.

It was Tony Gould who laid the keystone of QPAC that remains at its heart today: the importance of community. Tony once reflected that “central to all aspects of planning was the conviction that the Centre needed to engage and interact with its community.”

Vale Tony Gould AM. He leaves behind an industry forever in his debt and richer for his selfless contribution over many years.

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