This award was sponsored by Professor Emeritus Colin Pearson to acknowledge an AICCM member or research team who has undertaken substantial research in the field of material conservation, and who has shared this information within the national and/or international material conservation profession via the AICCM Bulletin.


2019 – Gillian Osmond

Gillian Osmond (centre) accepting the Colin Pearson Outstanding Research in the Field of Material Conservation Award 2019. Copyright 2019 Katrina Watson: Square Inch Photography

This award is for an individual or team who have published in the AICCM bulletin and been promoted through other publication and symposia; it is judged on the originality and quality of their research, the relevance of their research to the Australian conservation profession, and the extent of collaboration.

We can think of no one more deserving than Gillian Osmond for her research in metal soap formation in oil paint films. Gillian has been actively involved in this research for over 15 years; she has presented at the AICCM paintings group Symposium, published in the AICCM Bulletin on numerous occasions, and was recently invited to speak at an international conference Metal Soaps in Art held at the Rijksmuseum. Following this she was invited to be a co-editor and author of the book Metal Soaps in Art: Conservation and Research.

In addition to a long and impressive list of publication, Gillian’s nomination also included a number of letters from co-workers and interns all attesting to her ability to teach and generosity in sharing her extensive knowledge.


Past recipients

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