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Mirka Mora: A life making art

Sabine Cotte’s book Mirka Mora: A life making art, published by Thames and Hudson Australia, was launched at Readings Bookshop, St Kilda, on 10 July 2019, and is generating good reviews.

Applications now open—AICCM 2019 National Conference Bursary

The AICCM National Council is happy to announce that applications are now open for the 2019 National Conference Bursary. The bursary is part of a new initiative to assist AICCM members to attend the “Making Conservation” conference in Melbourne from 13–15 November 2019.

Opportunities Abroad: Talks on International Training

Please join us for the next AICCM NSW Opportunities Abroad night of talks and discussion, exploring conservators overseas training experiences.   When: 5.30 - 7.30pm Tuesday 30th July 2019

Colin Macgregor Retires

After 30 years at the Australian Museum, Colin Macgregor has decided to make use of his Long Service Leave before retiring from the institution. Colin’s last day was 3 May.

Making Ghosts: TMAG Military Uniform Project

As a first-year conservation student, I was unprepared for the moment I found myself wondering whether being haunted was a potential occupational hazard. I had just hung a heavy WWII frockcoat on a hanger covered by a custom-made Ethafoam bust, and stepped back to assess its fit.

FRAME: Concept, History and Conservation, Symposium 2

It has to be a uniquely Australian experience to find oneself bush-bashing at midnight through subtropical rainforest with a single iPhone torch to light the way.

Unframing the Frame: Painting Conservation Student Reflection on FRAME

In April, the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) Australia hosted FRAME: Concept, History and Conservation, Symposium 2, marking the second symposium organised by the AICCM Gilded Objects Conservation (GOCSIG) and Conservation Framing Special Interest Groups on this topic.

AICCM Tas Division News

On Friday 17 May the AICCM Tasmanian Division met at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Our host, Amy Bartlett, generously provided morning tea followed by a tour of the current exhibition Marjorie Bligh: Domestic Goddess.

People and Places—June 2019

After a very busy five-year period commemorating various First World War centenaries, the Australian War Memorial’s conservation staff are taking a moment to catch our collective breath and address all those routine jobs that have been neglected lately, before we plunge headlong into a major 10-...