Vale Jim Birkett

Vale Jim Birkett

Bundanon Trust was deeply saddened by the passing of Jim Birkett on Sunday 7 June. Jim has been such an integral part of Bundanon’s family for so many years that it is hard to comprehend that he won’t be with us any more. His contribution to the work of our Education team, his enthusiasm as a volunteer and his generosity, with his partner Roy, as a donor was driven by his great love for Bundanon and everything it stands for.

Jim Birkett was an excellent volunteer tour guide at Bundanon.

Jim Birkett was an active volunteer tour guide at Bundanon.

Jim Birkett’s 50-year career in art education encompassed teaching and consultant positions in a large range of institutions. Jim was Education Officer at Bundanon Trust for ten years from 2008-2018, after which he continued as a very active volunteer donating much of his time to our education programs and as a tour guide.

Jim Birkett leading a education seminar in 2013

Jim Birkett leading an education seminar in 2013.

Previously Jim was a Senior Examiner of Visual Arts HSC Examinations and coordinated Artexpress. He continued his own art practice throughout his life and was also Co-Director of Gallery 483 in Surry Hills and Glebe. In October 2017 Jim had a major solo exhibition, Embedded in Land, at the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery. His artworks are held in public and private collections in Australia, USA, India, France and UK.

Jim as a young art teacher

Jim Birkett as a young art teacher and artist.