2019 Redmond Barry Fellows announced

Dr Nanette Carter and Robyn Oswald-Jacobs were recently announced as the 2019 joint recipients of the Redmond Barry Fellowship at a ceremony held at the State Library of Victoria.

The Fellowship, named after Sir Redmond Barry (1813-1880), a founder of the University of Melbourne and the State Library of Victoria, is awarded to scholars and writers to facilitate research and the production of works of literature that utilise the collections of the two institutions.

Nanette and Robyn's project examines Frances Burke's importance in Australia's design and cultural history, highlighting her textile design and role as a champion of modernist design from the late 1930s. While Burke's work has been included in exhibitions on modern design, there has been no significant survey exhibition of her work. The project will bring Burke's work to a new generation, and will result in a monograph commissioned by Thames & Hudson and an exhibition at Heide Museum of Art focusing on Burke as a leading Australian textile designer.

Redmond Barry

Image: George Folingsby, Sir Redmond Barry KCMG, 1881. University of Melbourne Art Collection