Sabine Cotte

Sabine has been an active researcher throughout her professional career. In addition to balancing the demands of managing a successful paintings conservation practice, Sabine has undertaken independent research focusing on the treatment of Tibetan thangka and more recently conserving public art. A listing of her publications, can be found below and here.

Her research engages the ethical frameworks and social outputs of practice as well employing comprehensive technical analysis, exemplifying contemporary conservation practice. She works with local artists and local communities, providing access to the strengths and values that a conservation-based approach provides, to create shared community outcomes. Her work has been underpinned by a strong collaborative approach well before ‘collaboration’ and ‘participatory engagement’ became a thing.

She has published extensively nationally and internationally, sharing the work of Australian conservators with such publications as Studies in Conservation, ICOM-CC and the South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion.

Since 2015 she has published three articles in the AICCM Bulletin, most recently as a joint publication with conservator Nicole Tse and art historian Alison Inglis titled ‘Artists’ interviews and their use in conservation: reflections on issues and practices’.

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