Jennifer O'Connell awarded 2014 ISS Institute Fellowship

Jennifer O'ConnellJennifer O'Connell, Painting Conservator, was recently announced as the winner of the St James Gobbo Fellowship. She was one of nine successful candidates in the first round of International Specialised Skills Institute Fellowships.

Jennifer's project will involve travelling to Gjirokastra, Albania, to help preserve an Ottoman-style town house, the Skenduli House. Skenduli House is an important part of heritage tourism in Gjirokastra, which is a World Heritage Site.

The project will involve laser scans of the decorative painted surfaces, a relatively new technique in conservation documentation. Jennifer will learn the application of this technique in the context of an international volunteer.  On return to Australian, Jennifer will share these new skills with the conservation community.

Jennifer hopes to develop networks through this project to encourage future opportunities for Australian conservators to work on international preservation projects. This project also serves as a potential model for an international preservation project to be hosted in Australia.

Congratulations Jennifer!

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