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Burke @ Bridgford | DESIGN TALKS

Sat October 14th @ 1:30 pm - Sun October 15th @ 2:00 pm AEDT

Frances Burke was a pioneering Australian textile and interiors designer, who collaborated with Robin Boyd and many of his contemporaries.

For 3 three days in October, Boyd’s 1953 Bridgford House, commissioned by Charles “Bill” Bridgford and wife Phyllis, will be transformed into a “House Museum” and lecture space exhibiting a selection of rare and original mid-century Frances Burke fabrics, and hosting a number of Burke related talks.

Curated by Robyn Oswald-Jacobs and Jeromie Maver, this event offers visitors a rare opportunity to view Frances Burke fabrics up close, in an original and unaltered Boyd masterpiece. A selection of framed and unframed Burke fabrics will be available for purchase at the exhibition.

Tickets per session:
General Admission $65
RBF Friends / Boyd Circle /Beaumaris Modern Members $55
Student: $45

14 October

Robyn Oswald Jacobs & Nanette Carter
in conversation

Ticket includes:
– Design Talk & curatorial introduction
– Exhibition
– House Tour
15 October

Prof Philip Goad & Maggie Edmond
in conversation

Ticket includes:
– Design Talk & curatorial introduction
– Exhibition
– House Tour
15 October

Prof Philip Goad & Maggie Edmond
in conversation

Ticket includes:
– Design Talk & curatorial introduction
– Exhibition
– House Tour


Robyn Oswald-Jacobs is an independent scholar, having completed a diploma in textile design at RMIT before undertaking 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. Managed by Oswald-Jacobs, the centre collected, exhibited and published archival material, later forming the foundation of the RMIT Design Archives. Robyn is a co-founder of ‘the make fund’.

Jeromie Maver is a researcher and collector of Australian mid-century design.
 He has spent a decade building an archive of print materials, ephemera and interviews relating to this significant period of Australia’s design and manufacturing history. Jeromie has given public talks and advised on Australian design histories for public institutions including the Powerhouse Museum, Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Museum of Sydney, and the Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest.  Jeromie is a co-founders of ‘the make fund’ (@the.make.fund) and along with Dean Keep fundraises for social causes at @modernistersfor. You can find him on instagram at @modernistermister.


Dr Nanette Carter
Nanette Carter is enthusiastic about sharing the history of design with popular audiences through publications and curatorial projects. She has diverse research interests in design, with a particular focus on Australian design and modernism. Nanette’s research explores the history of networks of designers, organisations, producers and business in responding to social, cultural and environmental change. It also seeks to understand the role of users and consumers in driving changes in commodities, spaces and services. She is an expert on Australian pioneer modernist design of the inter-war period and post-war DIY culture.

Prof Philip Goad
Professor Philip Goad is internationally known for his research and he has an expert understanding on modern Australian architecture. He is currently the Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Chair of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. Philip has worked extensively as an architect, conservation consultant, and curator. Philip is an expert on the life and work of Robin Boyd, and has held visiting scholar positions at Columbia University, Bartlett School of Architecture (London) and UCLA (Los Angeles).

Maggie Edmond
LFRAIA is the principal of Edmond & Corrigan, one of the most prestigious post-modernist firms in Victoria. Maggie’s work has been highly awarded across multiple typologies over the decades. Some of her work includes RMIT Building 8, the VCA Theatre Building in Southbank, and the Fairfield Amphitheatre. The Bridgford House was owned and occupied by Maggie’s family for approximately 50 years

Partner acknowledgement

This is a fundraising event, with all monies raised donated to ‘The Make Fund’ (@the.make.fund), an Australian Communities Foundation fund (VIC Fundraising License 12510).

Beaumaris Modern is an event partner and the exhibition is a feature event of the Beaumaris Modernist Festival 2023.

The Bridgford House (@thebridgfordhouse) is a time-capsule 1953 house designed by Robin Boyd, which is available for short term accommodation

Terms & Conditions

  • Tickets are refundable if we are notified by email prior to 11 October 2023. After this date, tickets are non-refundable.
  • Tickets are for timed entry sessions, and we cannot guarantee access if you request to change or arrive for a different session.
  • No external food or drink permitted.
  • Large bags and backpacks will need to be checked in at entry.
  • Children must be accompanied by adults at all times.
  • Please do not touch owners books or personal items in the house.
  • All ticketing inquiries refer to festival@beaumarismodern.com.au
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Sat October 14th @ 1:30 pm AEDT
Sun October 15th @ 2:00 pm AEDT


Bridgeford House
Address TBC to ticket holders
Black Rock, VIC 3193


Beaumaris Modern
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