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Training and education is a way of building and refining the skills of everyone involved in caring for heritage items.
Artlab delivers a wide range of training sessions that are tailored to meet the needs and experience of attendees. These sessions are delivered by presenters who combine their training skills with their highly experienced conservation backgrounds to provide engaging and practical programs.
Artlab has significant expertise in providing training through community workshops.
Audiences include groups from galleries, libraries, archives, museums and other small community organisations.
- basic ‘first aid’ treatments and the care of damaged items
- safe handling techniques
- simple cleaning approaches
- techniques for protecting items
- disaster preparedness and response
Examples of specialised training programs include the follow topics:
Artlab provides specialised training locally, nationally and internationally to curators, collection managers, information professionals as well as other colleagues in the preservation and conservation fields.
This training develops and embeds conservation knowledge and understanding through practical learning and skills development. Specialised training programs can range in duration and complexity from a few days to several months.
We deliver specialised training on site to Australian practitioners and other staff. We also provide training for international colleagues with varying levels of English proficiency. In recent years we have provided training for staff from museums in Malaysia, Indonesia and Timor Leste.
It is a measure of the expertise and skills of Artlab staff that they are regularly called to deliver specialised training programs overseas, with recent examples including Singapore, Indonesia and India.
- treating mould and stains
- photographic identification and treatment techniques
- treatment for pest infestation
- care of textiles and museum objects
- packing items for exhibitions and loans
- preparing condition reports for travelling collection materials
- conducting preservation needs assessments
More formally, in the university and vocational education sectors, Artlab’s experienced professional staff regularly contribute to the development, delivery and evaluation of formal courses and programs on preservation and conservation and curatorial issues locally and nationally.