A collaboration between the Art Gallery of South Australia and Artlab Australia produced a custom made display case to illuminate two beautiful glass plate negatives from the collections of the Art Gallery of South Australia.
This 1876 Coriolanus Clipper plan, a fabulous work on paper, was brought in to Artlab’s Consultation Day for advice from our conservators and received a treatment plan in the Paper and Books laboratory.
The Textiles team at Artlab Australia worked on this unique Chinese Banner from the collections of the Burke Museum in Beechworth, Victoria and were delighted when the Museum won the prestigious Indigo Shire Open Heritage Award for their conservation project of the Chinese Ceremonial Banner.
Bob the Railway Dog was infamous for travelling the railways in South Australia in the late 19th century. This painting of Bob, belonging to the collections of the Hindmarsh Historical Society, was conserved in the Paintings laboratory at Artlab Australia in preparation for the exhibition Spot the Dog – canine companions in art from 8 March to 30 June 2017 at Carrick Hill.
From the collections of the Mildura Arts Centre in Victoria, a beautiful portrait by Sir William Orpen RA of Portrait of Anna Pavlova, the famous Russian prima ballerina, received conservation treatment in the Paintings laboratory at Artlab Australia.
Exhibition preparation is an important component of the conservators work at Artlab Australia. Artlab’s Paper and Book studio was involved in the preparation of The Black Rose by contemporary artist Trent Parke. The exhibition Trent Parke:The Black Rose commenced 14 March 2015 at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Another beautiful object found its way to Artlab Australia in one of our Consultation Day appointments. Projects Conservator, Abby Maxwell-Bowen, brought this unique alabaster and marble sculpture a new lease of life in the Projects section at Artlab.
Artlab’s Principal Textiles Conservator, Kristin Phillips, travelled to Dili in East Timor to train staff from the Timorese Resistance Archive and Museum in a joint project with Timor Aid and the National Collection of Timor.
Sir Douglas Mawson’s Balaclava sparked an idea that was knitted together in Artlab’s Textiles section.
Artlab’s conservators were faced with a challenge in the conservation treatment of this large, painted silk 19th century trade union banner from the Australian Manufacturers Workers Union. By ingenuity and creative thinking, the conservators in Artlab’s Textiles Section transformed this fragile banner.
This intricate and sculpturally shaped fish trap made by the Aborigines of Elcho Island, off the coast of Arnham Land, Northern Territory, is from the collections of the South Australian Museum. Artlab’s Objects conservator, Justin Gare devised a suspension method so he could repair the wooden stick ribs that had been damaged over the years.
This beautiful opaltype came through Artlab’s doors on a Consultation Day. Our Photographic Conservators worked meticulously to place this jigsaw of glass back together for our client.
The picnic basket was donated to History SA and came to Artlab for a condition check and examination by one of Artlab’s skilled conservators. After some detailed repairs and thorough cleaning, this unique picnic basket was returned to History SA’s collections. This type of treatment is an example of the varied levels of conservation work Artlab carries out in the preservation and maintenance plans for the collecting institutions in South Australia.
On one of our Consultation Days, the owner brought this marble bust into Artlab for an assessment. The bust had fallen off its pedestal and needed some repairs. After consultation with an Objects Conservator, the item was taken safely to the Objects Section for its treatment so it could be returned back to its former home. Artlab’s free Consultation Days are open to the public so you can bring in your family treasures and receive a free consultation from one of Artlab’s qualified conservators on the first and third Thursday of each month.
Artlab receives some beautiful works from the public during Artlab’s free Consultation Days on the first and third Thursday of each month. Our Paper Conservator advised the client this lovely watercolour needed some treatment to the damage caused by the mould.
Artlab Australia provides expert services for the preservation, care and management of the State’s cultural collections. One of these collecting institutions is The Art Gallery of South Australia. A project which required detailed conservation treatment was the gilded wooden sculpture of St John the Baptist c. 16 th century which came across to Artlab from the Art Gallery’s collections.
A well-known Adelaide memorial, Sir Samuel Way is located outside the University of Adelaide on busy North Terrace in the city centre. This bronze and granite statue was in need of treatment and care from our Projects Conservators.
This photographic mosaic of the South Australian Northern Pioneers 1850 - 1859 from the State Library of South Australia’s collection was brought to Artlab’s Paper and Books section for some detailed conservation treatment.
The two Artlab conservators returned to Delhi in 2012 to embark on another emotional journey in Delhi, treating the sari worn by Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India, at the time of her assassination in October 1984. This was a very moving, poignant project particularly after the conservation treatment on Rajiv Gandhi’s trousers in 2010.
Two Artlab’s conservators travelled to India in 2010 realising they were about to begin work on a very important item in India’s history. Not knowing at that time, this would lead them both to return to Delhi in 2012 to work again on another powerful item from India’s historical past.
These beautifully carved ivory figurines, probably known as Okimono and Japanese in origin, were bought to Artlab's Consultation Day by a private client for advice and treatment. Our objects conservator started to piece together the delicate ivory parts.
After the dramatic floods of Queensland in 2011 Artlab’s Preventive Conservators visited Brisbane and collaborated with Queensland Museum to update their Disaster Preparedness Plan.
The fountain sculpture at St Mark’s College in Adelaide, South Australia proved a challenge for our Projects Conservator who discovered she had a past connection with the designer of the sculpture back in London.
A project for Artlab’s Objects team came in from the South Australian Museum’s collections. These impressive Japanese armour suits had to be stabilised. Custom-built boxes were made by the conservators to house these items to prevent future damage and to ensure they were now secure to go back into the Museum’s collections.
This delightful Shop Rabbit was brought in to one of Artlab’s Consultation Days for repair to its broken arm. Whilst undergoing treatment in Artlab’s laboratories another dimension of the Rabbit’s past was revealed.
Our popular Consultation Day attracts many treasured items. This Beswick pottery horse was in need of some careful treatment from our objects conservator.
After hours of meticulous hand stitching by Artlab Australia textiles conservators, the Eureka Flag has been raised vertically. Viewing this two metre high by four metre wide flag standing upright, the uniqueness and drama of this Australia icon is visibly apparent.
Also view the Eureka Flag receives a facelift at Artlab Australia video from 7.30SA program aired on ABC1.
The Flag is now safely in the hands of the Artlab’s textiles conservators who have begun the treatment programme. During the stitching process, Artlab was visited by the Mayor of Ballarat and Chief Executive Officer of the City of Ballarat and other guests, for a progress update on the Flag. Greg Mackie, who is the Deputy Chief Executive of Cultural Development in the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Adelaide, along with Artlab staff, welcomed the group and accompanied the visitors to the Flag.