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Please note that due to COVID-19 our Education and Tours programs are currently closed. Please contact us for further information.

At Artlab, we encourage collaboration and exploration through opportunities that include internships, volunteering, training workshops and onsite tours.

Internships

Artlab offers internship opportunities to Australian and international conservation students. Please email us an introductory letter including the conservation specialisation you are interested in, preferred timing and length of internship along with your curriculum vitae (CV). Note places are limited and in high demand.

Volunteering

Artlab has occasional opportunities for volunteering. If you have some experience in conservation or a related area and would like to volunteer your expertise, contact us to find out more.

Training workshops for organisations

We are experienced in delivering a wide variety of ‘collection care’ training workshops, including:

  • Cleaning and handling heritage material
  • Labelling cultural collections
  • Caring for art on paper
  • Guidelines for display of cultural material
  • Managing the environment
  • Storage and display of textiles
  • Storage and display of archival materials
  • Identifying and managing risks in your museum
  • Collections Disaster Management Workshop (including practical hands on salvage session)
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) - what bug is that?
  • Housekeeping and cleaning in museums
  • Care of photographic collections, storage and display
  • Digitisation workshop - care and handling of material.

Our workshops can be flexibly delivered at Artlab or at your chosen site, as a single topic half/full day workshop or as a group of topics tailored to your organisation’s needs over multiple days.

Training sessions can also be carried out through a ‘learning by doing’ approach for activities such as making archival enclosures, cleaning museum objects and spaces or packing and relocating collection material. A real time learning experience delivered through a working bee approach rather than formal presentations is an effective way to update skills and provide refresher training.

Tours

Our tours introduce you to our conservators who maintain the state’s collections and preserve family treasures, artworks and heritage items from all over the world.

History Festival Tours

In May each year, we conduct free tours for individuals as part of South Australia's History Festival. In the first week of April, a program detailing times and dates is published in The Advertiser newspaper. Bookings are essential and can only be made after the program is published.

Group Tours

Tours are offered to groups with a strong connection to conservation and cultural heritage such as historical societies, art centres, libraries, archives, museums, universities and affiliated researchers. Tours can be arranged to support conservation and cultural conferences or events.

Tour information

One-hour tours can be booked at 10:00am or 2:00pm on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the months of February to April and July to early December.

Tour sizes are limited to 12 people but if your group has 24, we can accommodate two groups at the same time.

Please note:

  • artworks in the building are not to be touched or handled
  • large bags are not permitted in the laboratories, there is a secure lock up area where bags can be stored
  • no food and drink is permitted during the tour
  • you cannot take photographs
  • let us know if there are any accessibility requirements as you will be on your feet for at least an hour.

Bookings

Please contact us to make a booking or for further information. Tours are popular so bookings are essential and you are encouraged to book well in advance.

Meeting point

Artlab is located off Kintore Avenue in Adelaide’s city centre. Enter via Morgan Thomas Lane at the rear of the State Library and we are situated in the first courtyard on the left. If you look up high, you will see the big Artlab sign on the red brick building. Please gather in the reception foyer.