Simon Ives, Art Gallery of NSW Painting conservator, working on a Rupert Bunny painting. Photo: courtesy of Art Gallery of NSW.

The Paintings Special Interest Group represents paintings conservators and other professionals involved in the field of painting conservation.

In the Australian context, the term ‘painting’ reflects a range of paintings and painted surfaces in public and private collections, including western-style easel paintings, indigenous Australian paintings and a range of contemporary art.

Our group has been active since 1988 and our main activities are a biennial symposium and professional development workshops.

Our activities

Our symposium programs are broad with a majority of contributions reflecting recent work or projects undertaken by members. Contributions are likely to include discussion of practical conservation treatments, technical art history, conservation science, framing and collection management.

Workshops offer opportunities for skills development to smaller groups of members. Workshops are offered according to the interest of members and the availability of appropriately skilled presenters and have included topics such as, new methods in the cleaning of paintings, selection and use of solvents, X-radiography for conservators and FTIR spectroscopy.

Like to see the list of our past symposia papers?

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