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Meet The team

Jane Burton


Jane Burton moved to Blackheath with her husband,Paul Franklin in 2001.

They have three young children, and love the village and community, and want to do all they can to support the Conservatoire as a centre for art and music education.

Art has always been central to Jane’s life. Starting out as an arts writer for national newspapers, she went on to postgraduate study at the Courtauld Institute, which led to a job at the Tate, and a fifteen-year career, first as a curator, then as Creative Director.

Jane has won two Baftas, and numerous other awards for her work in arts and media, the most recent a 2015 Royal Television Society Award for the live broadcast of Tate’s Matisse Exhibition to audiences in cinemas across the UK.

Now working as Global Content Director at Christie’s, Jane leads a team of journalists, film directors and writers who produce magazines, online editorial, books and films that focus on the incredible objects that come to sale at Christie’s – recent highlights include the sale of a Spitfire plane, a Stradivarius violin, and a record-breaking Picasso painting.

Jane’s husband Paul is a multi award winning filmmaker, known for his work in visual effects for the movies Inception and Interstellar, which brought him two Oscars.

As a family they are far too obsessed with art and films to be considered normal; which is where the Con comes in – a place to create, to make music and art, and to imagine.

On a desert Island: I would take a copy of Middlemarch (as long as a complete set of Shakespeare plays was a given). Music would be Bowie’s Hunky Dory , plus Górecki’s Symphony number 3.