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Contemporary Custodians

Sat 10 Mar, 11am–12.30pm
NGV International
Clemenger BBDO Auditorium
Ground Level

Free entry

Contemporary art presents logistical challenges for collection managers, conservators and installation teams.

Explore the unique challenges galleries face in transporting, displaying and preserving contemporary artworks in a series of presentations and discussions.


Deborah Potter is the Head of Conservation at Tate. She is responsible for directing the work of the conservation department and its specialist staff and caring for Tate’s collections. In this role, she promotes and supports the development of conservation practice within a 21st century museum environment by preserving and supporting access to Tate’s growing and changing collections. Her current areas of focus include sustainability and environmental conditions, strategic leadership and management.

Veronica Castillo is the Head of Collection and Exhibition Services at M+ in Hong Kong. Initially trained as a conservator she moved towards collections management at an early stage in her career. In 2012 she moved to Hong Kong to help build M+, a new museum for visual culture in Asia. Throughout her career, Castillo has been actively involved with museum professional groups and training. She is now actively engaged in raising awareness on heritage preservation and supporting professional development within the Asian region.

Michael Varcoe-Cocks is the Head of Conservation at the National Gallery of Victoria, a position he has held for four years. Studying a Bachelor of Applied Science, Conservation of Cultural Material at the University of Canberra, he started his career as a painting conservator in 1997 carrying out technical research and treatment on major icons of the NGV collection. Michael now oversees a department of conservation specialists and technicians across six sections: Objects, Textiles, Painting, Paper and Photography, Frames and Furniture and Exhibitions to deliver a dynamic exhibitions and collections display program across the NGV’s two sites.