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Burke, Frances Mary (1907 - 1994)

MBE, FRSA, FDIA

Born
1907
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died
14 October 1994
Occupation
Designer, Artist and Businesswoman

Summary

Frances Mary Burke was appointed as a Member of the British Empire on the 1 January 1970 for her contribution to art and design. In 1937 she established with fellow graduate Morris Holloway Australia's first registered textile printery - Burway Prints. The Frances Burke Textile Resource Centre at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology was named in her honour. The centre now forms part of the RMIT Design Archives.

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Events

1937
Founded Burway Prints, the first registered textile screen printery in Australia (Frances Burke Fabrics Pty Ltd)
1938
Foundation member of the Contemporary Arts Society
1940
Exhibiting member of the Arts and Crafts Society
1942
Commissioned to design fabrics for first Australian Embassy Washington, USA
1947
Foundation member of the Society of Industrial Designers
1958
Foundation member of the Industrial Design Institute of Australia (now Design Institute of Australia)
1958 - 1966
Council member at the Museum of Modern Art and Design Australia
1968
Foundation council member of the National Printery Council
1968 - 1971
President of the Arts and Crafts Society
1977 - 1981
Member of council at University College Melbourne
1980 - 1983
Chairman of the Course Advisory Committee in Textile Design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
1987
Director of Arts Honoris Causa at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)

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Archival resources

National Gallery of Australia Research Library

  • Papers of Frances Burke, 1930s - 1940s; National Gallery of Australia Research Library. Details

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