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Conservation

Conservation

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Q. What is a conservator?

A. Conservators have professional training in the science, ethics and practice of art conservation. Conservators apply technical skills in their area of speciality, for example, paintings, works on paper, sculpture, etc.

They have strongly developed professional and ethical responsibilities towards the conservation of the cultural material in their care. In Australia, conservators are guided by the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials Inc. (AICCM) Code of Ethics and Guidance for Conservation Practice which guides conservation practices and outlines obligations to clients, colleagues and employees.


Q. How do I become a conservator?

A. Currently the only professional conservation training available in Australia is offered by the University of Melbourne which has a two-year masters degree in Cultural Heritage Conservation. Visit AICCM for updates on available training courses.


Q. Where can I find conservation advice?

A. Conservation treatment should always be carried out by, or with the advice of, a qualified conservator. The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material is the professional body for conservation practice in Australia. Visit AICCM for a list of conservators in private practice, guidelines for commissioning private conservators, and a copy of the AICCM Code of Ethics and Guidance for Conservation Practice.


Q. Can the Gallery provide a valuation for an art work that I own?

A. The Gallery is a statutory authority of the Queensland Government and, as such, is prohibited from providing valuations of art works. For a list of approved valuers, visit the Australian Government's  Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Please be aware that the service provided is of a commercial nature and valuers charge a fee. Auction houses may also be able to provide a commercial valuation service.


Q. Can the Gallery restore an art work that I own?

A. The Gallery is unable to offer a restoration service to the general public. Visit the website of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) which contains a searchable database of member conservators working in commercial practice.