Janine Burke is an art historian, curator and novelist. In 1977, she was the inaugural art history lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts. She published Australian Women Artists- 1840-1940 (1980) and won the 1987 Victorian Premier's literary award for Second Sight. Her books on the Heide Circle include Joy Hester (1983) and The Heart Garden- Sunday Reed and Heide (2004). She wrote The Gods of Freud- Sigmund Freud's Art Collection (2006) and curated Freud and Eros- Love, Lust and Longing for the Freud Museum London (2014). More recently, Burke has focused on nature. After writing Nest- The Art of Birds (2012), she curated an exhibition of nests at McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery. In 2016, she curated Human/Animal/Artist- Art Inspired by Animals there. She is Honorary Senior Fellow, Centre of Visual Arts, University of Melbourne.