A mere twelve weeks ago Andrew Sayers, visibly affected by his recent bout of chemotherapy, but still robust physically and incandescent in intellect and eloquence, gave the inaugural speech to the John R.Walker and Kirsten Coelho exhibitions at the Drill Hall Gallery. Everyone present will remember this occasion. Andrew’s passion for art, his love of nature, his own aspirations as an Australian painter, writer, art historian and curator blazed through his discourse. The knowledge that such deeply held beliefs and exceptional empathy were housed in a body given an irrevocable death sentence brought tears to the eyes and a lump to the throat of all who knew his circumstances. Andrew’s contribution to the scholarship of Australian art was immense but so too was his engagement with people from all walks of life who make up the world of art in Australia.