About the Conservation Department

The NGV 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

The Crossing of the Red Sea (1632-1634)
oil on canvas
155.6 x 215.3 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1948

The Poussin Project

The restoration of one of the NGV’s most prized paintings.

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Eugene von Guerard
Tower Hill 1855
oil on canvas
68.6 × 122.0 cm
Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria
On loan from the Department of Sustainability and
Gift of Mrs E. Thornton, 1966

Eugene von Guérard: True Nature Revealed

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.

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