The National Gallery of Victoria Conservation Department is responsible for the care and preservation of the Gallery’s collection of around 65,000 works of art.
Like the collection itself, the conservation department covers several categories of art in a diverse range of media: Paintings, prints and drawings, frames and furniture, photography and digital media, fashion and textiles, and three-dimensional art. Two other branches of the department are dedicated to scientific research and the conservation of artworks involved in the NGV’s many temporary exhibitions.
Some of the primary responsibilities of the department are:
- to examine and document the collection
- to carry out conservation treatments
- to undertake research into issues relating the conservation of the collection, as well as the materials, techniques and history of the individual artworks
The department is based at NGV International on St. Kilda Road and employs around 25 staff members.