University of Canberra – Vera Olbrycht

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Vera is highly committed to the conservation profession and while studying has already started work. She has a record of high academic achievement and is inquisitive and meticulous. While excelling in her studies she has also shown great potential in her bench skills. Vera is always eager to learn and is not afraid to ask questions. She aims to understand all aspects of the challenges that she faces in the Lab and also finds the time to help out and engage with fellow students. Vera has demonstrated a strong commitment to the AICCM and been involved in local ACT AICCM events.

University of Melbourne – Jo Lupgens

Jo will complete their Masters by Coursework in Cultural Materials Conservation this year and is a committed advocate for queer and women’s heritage in fine art, and the issues involved in securing and strengthening queer identity through the conservation of queer cultural heritage.

They are currently the Secretary of Student Conservators at Melbourne (SC@M) and was instrumental in the SC@M proposal for the recent changes to the AICCM Codes of Ethics and Practice to ensure they are more trans-friendly and trans-inclusive. Jo has been a key part of SC@M workshops and events, and took part in the student team working on the restoration of Virginia Cuppaidge’s Cytheria.

Past award winners

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