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Award recipients: Holly McGowan-Jackson, Kelly Leahey, MaryJo Lelyveld, Margaret Sawicki, Sadra Zekrgoo, Sarah Babister, Melanie Raberts and Neville Quick

2018 AICCM Awards

On Tuesday 20th November the AICCM awards were presented at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Fitzroy, Melbourne. It was the opening night for the 10th AICCM Book, Paper and Photographic Materials Symposium.

Meet a Conservator—Freya Merrell

I wanted to become a conservator before I even really knew it was a real thing. So, when I was younger I saw a movie you may have heard of—Titanic. I know you’re wondering how I’m going to tie this 1997 classic in, but hear me out.

People and Places—December 2018

In preparation for the Brett Whiteley show ‘Drawing is everything’ opening at the AGNSW mid Dec, Analiese Treacy and Jonathan Dennis have been busy working through the 100+ works selected for display. This project has provided a great opportunity to look more closely at Whiteley’s drawing...

Save Some Dates!

Next year the AICCM is hosting four important events. First off the rank is the AICCM Textiles SIG Symposium, “Fibre to Fabric, Fur, Feather and Finishes” 4th to the 6th February 2019.

Letters to a New Conservator

As part of the lead-up to the AICCM 10th Book, Paper and Photographic Materials Symposium, the organising committee asked some conservators of note to reflect on how our profession and our work has changed over the years. What advice would you give to someone starting out now?

Minor Thesis Projects—University of Melbourne

On the 24th and 25th of October, second year students of the Masters of Cultural Material Conservation gave presentations on their minor thesis research. The projects were diverse and thoroughly interesting.

SC@M 2019 round-up

In 2018, SC@M upped the ante to provide students with new workshops, excursions, a mentorship program, and of course the all-important biscuits for the tearoom.

‘The best Mum anyone could have wished for’ —Photo and caption courtesy of Robin Fort

Margaret Alexander 1935-2018

The AICCM is saddened to hear of the passing of Margaret Dorothy Alexander, (known to many of us as Marg), on the 13th of November this year, aged 83.

Register now for FRAME: Concept, History and Conservation

Registration is now open for the symposium, FRAME: Concept, History and Conservation: Symposium 2. The symposium will be held from 3-5 April at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Costume worn by Dame Joan Sutherland in the title role of Lucrezia Borgia, The Australian Opera, 1977, Gift of Opera Australia, 2018, Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Performing Arts Collection

The Dame Joan Sutherland Costume Collection Acquisition

The Arts Centre Melbourne (ACM) receives most of its acquisitions for the Australian Performing Arts Collection (APAC) through donation. In 2018 APAC received the donation of The Dame Joan Sutherland Costume Collection.