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.

Online projects

The Poussin Project

Coming soon

An online conservation treatment diary for Nicolas Poussin’s Crossing of the Red Sea. Over the course of this year-long treatment, we presented a series of informal updates designed to keep the public informed about the restoration of one of the NGV’s most prized paintings.

Frederick McCubbin's The North Wind

Coming soon

Thanks to The Bank of America-Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Project the NGV has recently been granted the opportunity to examine The North Wind as part of a year-long conservation and research project.

Eugene von Guérard: True Nature Revealed

Coming soon

Join conservator Michael Varcoe-Cocks as he takes us behind-the-scenes, revealing the background and conservation of key artworks in Eugene von Guérard: Nature Revealed.