University Update—Student Conservators @ Melbourne

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Publish date: 
7 Jun 2019
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Rachel Davis

AGM

Back in March we kicked off the new student year with our AGM. It was a great chance for students from the different cohorts to meet and mingle (and grab some sage advice), and after a round or two and the usual formalities, our new committee was elected.

Introducing our new committee: Daniel Schwartz (President), Annabel Livingstone (Vice President), Monica Connors (Secretary), Bella Lipson-Smith (Treasurer), Gabrielle Callan and Belle Williams (Events + Projects), Heather Berry (Sustainability), John Morrison, Jayde Hollingworth, and Rachel Davis (Communications + Media).

A sincere thanks to the 2018 committee for their achievements over the last year and their ongoing support: Lisa Mansfield (2018 President), Elizabeth Gralton (Secretary), Laura Gransbury (Treasurer), Chris Redman (Events), Katrina Watson (Technology), Maite Robayo (Social Media), Annabel Livingstone (Projects).

AICCM Jobs Panel

One of the first events for the year was the AICCM Jobs Panel, held on 9 May at the Grimwade Centre. We had a great turn out of current students keen to hear from practising conservators and learn about how our panellists got to where they are today.

A huge thank you to this year’s panel, who came and talked openly about their careers with us: Helen Privett (Museums Victoria), Hanna Sandgren (Studio M. Vintage Posters), and Peter Mitchelson (Grimwade Commercial Services). Thanks also to the AICCM Victoria Branch for supporting this event.

AICCM Job Panellists (from left to right): Dan Schwartz (moderator), Peter Mitchelson, Hanna Sandgren and Helen Privett.

SC@M Masterclass – Time-based Media Conservation with Patricia Falcao

Tickets went fast for the masterclass we’re really excited to be hosting with time-based media conservator Patricia Falcao, TATE, London. Patricia is responsible for new acquisitions of time-based media artworks in the TATE collection including video, software-based, audio, film and performance works. During the class, students will learn about analysing and documenting time-based media art, assessing risk and defining preservation strategies, plus work in small teams to complete practical exercises and present results.

Grimwade Conservation Showcase at the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail

Current students and recent graduates from The Grimwade Centre returned for a second year to Bathurst, NSW, to participate in the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail. The event brings together rare and historic trades and crafts people from across Australia to demonstrate their unique talents. The group of conservators were present to offer advice and give workshops on the conservation of ceramics, metals, paper, photographs, textiles, and paintings.

Representatives of the Grimwade Centre included current students Lisa Mansfield, Dan Schwartz, Maité Robayo, and Rachelle Bridges and recent graduates Christina Kong, Anastazja Harding, Katrina Watson, Clare Kim, and Thomasin Bailey. They were joined by Grimwade Commercial Services textile conservator Victoria Thomas and led by Grimwade Centre Research Fellow Marcelle Scott.

Trivia Night

Next event off the rank is the annual Trivia Night! Held at the Clyde Hotel from 5pm on Friday 7 June, with $10 door entry. This year, the funds we raise will be donated to the Djab Warrung Heritage Protection Embassy, who are currently advocating and rallying for the protection of sacred birthing trees threatened by the Western Highway Bypass project.

All are welcome to join our evening of food, drink, hilarious shenanigans and, of course, mind-boggling trivia. Bring some extra cash, as there will be raffles, discounted drinks and a few opportunities to purchase 'clues' from the Trivia Masters.

trivia poster