Frances Burke Australian textile designer, 3 June 1952, by Gordon F. De Lisle, via Wikimedia Commons

Frances Burke Australian textile designer, 3 June 1952, by Gordon F. De Lisle, via Wikimedia Commons


Illustrated lecture: Frances Burke―Designer of Modern Textiles

Thursday 4 August 2022, from 1.30pm to 3.00pm

Glass of wine included

Cost—
Members $18
Non-members $25
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Join authors, Dr Nanette Carter and Robyn Oswald-Jacobs as they discuss the life of textile designer Frances Burke, an influential and celebrated Australian textile designer of the 20th century.

Frances Bourke studied art at the National Gallery of Victoria School of Drawing and Melbourne Technical College. In 1936 she attended George Bell’s art school, training with artists including Russel Drysdale, Peter Purves Smith and Maje Casey. Burke was also a member of the Contemporary Art Society that was formed in Victoria in 1938 by George Bell.

About the Speakers:

Nanette Carter completed a master’s degree in art history focusing on the development of modern design in Melbourne in the 1930s. In addition to researching and writing about Australia’s design history, Nanette has curated exhibitions for Heide Museum of Modern Art Savage Luxury: Modernist Design in Melbourne 1930–1939 exhibition (2007 and Swinburne University of Technology Pen to Pixel:100 years of design education at Swinburne University of Technology exhibition (2008).

Independent scholar Robyn Oswald-Jacobs completed a research master’s degree on textile designer Frances Burke. In part as a result of this research the Textile Resource Collection: Australian Fashion and Textile Design was established by the Department of Fashion and Textile Design at RMIT.