Cultural Materials Conservation Staff receive prestigious honours from peak Australian conservation body

February 14 / 130

Some of the contributors on the Twentieth Century in Paint ARC Linkage Project Selina Halim (Art Clinic Conservation, Indonesia and Australia), Tom Learner (Getty Conservation Institute, USA), Nicole Tse and Robyn Sloggett (both from the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne), Supanee Chayabutra, and Thanawoot Khlungwisarn (both from the Material Research Centre for Art and Design, Silpakorn University, Thailand).
Some of the contributors on the Twentieth Century in Paint ARC Linkage Project Selina Halim (Art Clinic Conservation, Indonesia and Australia), Tom Learner (Getty Conservation Institute, USA), Nicole Tse and Robyn Sloggett (both from the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne), Supanee Chayabutra, and Thanawoot Khlungwisarn (both from the Material Research Centre for Art and Design, Silpakorn University, Thailand).

Staff members from the University’s Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation at the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies have been recognised for their work in cultural materials preservation by the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM).

The AICCM is the professional body for Australian conservators which aims to preserve Australia’s cultural heritage. 

Ms Marcelle Scott, who has retired from her role as Academic Programs Coordinator at the Centre, was inducted into the AICCM Hall of Fame.  

Lecturer Sophie Lewincamp received an award for services to the profession, for her community engagement with the War Museum at Narrabeen RSL LifeCare. 

Centre Director Associate Professor Robyn Sloggett and lecturer Dr Nicole Tse received the award for Outstanding Research in Cultural Materials Conservation for the Australian Research Council’s linkage project, the Twentieth Century in Paint.

MaryJo Lelyveld, President of the AICCM, acknowledged the important work of the centre’s staff to cultural materials conservation research in Australia.

“The awards reflect the CCMC’s work as an advocate for the ongoing development of the conservation profession within Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. In this respect, we wish to highlight Ms Scott’s pivotal contribution to the development of the conservation training programs at the University.

“Ms Scott has made a significant contribution to the advancement of conservation as a profession in Australia and has contributed to raising the academic standing of conservation as a discipline internationally,” she said.

Associate Professor Robyn Sloggett said she was honoured to receive the award for Outstanding Research in the Field of Material Conservation.

“This award is the highest form of professional acknowledgement of cultural materials conservation research in Australia. 

“It recognises the innovative nature and partnership strengths of the the Twentieth Century in Paint project, which brought together ten public institutions and four universities across four continents, to examine the introduction of new media, pigments, dyes and additives that led to revolutionary art practices in the 20th century in Australia and Southeast Asia-Pacific.

“On behalf of all the project partners I want to thank the AICCM for recognising the value of this extraordinary project,” she said. 

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