Vale Jane Burns AM

Jane Burns passed away on 17 April 2024 at the age of 90 years.

Jane Burns was the founding Director and long-time CEO of the Crafts Council of Australia, as well as a founding member of the Arts Law Centre, National Association of the Visual Arts and numerous other organisations.

In 1988, Janes was awarded an Order of Australia medal for services to the crafts and, in 1992, the Australia Council’s Visual Arts/Crafts Board Emeritus Medal.

‘’Jane was definitely a craft legend/treasure, having led Craft Australia for decades with exhibitions, events, visitors, and the magazine. Her passion and knowledge of the sector were exceptional…, and she was so engaged in what was happening in the industry. She will be missed’’ – Liz Williamson, President of World Crafts Council Australia.

“Jane was a passionate advocate for Australian craft and its place in the world. She led Craft Australia with a unique combination of vivacity and wisdom. Her life will continue to inspire us all.” – Dr Kevin Murray, vice president of World Crafts Council International.

The Australian Design Centre acknowledges “Jane’s extensive contribution to Australian contemporary studio craft, a tireless dedication spanning over four decades.”

Read more about the work of Jane Burns at…/aust…/jane-burns/

Our sincere condolences from World Crafts Council Australia. She will be very fondly remembered.

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  1. So pleased to see this post. Jane was an ornament to the Australian crafts sector and instrumental in building the foundations for nation-wide organisational support of Australian craftspeople from numerous making disciplines. Vale Jane Burns AM.

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