CCMC research day
Date: Thursday 25 and Friday 26 October 2012
Location: Theatre 1, 207 Bouverie Street (Building 379), The University of Melbourne
Time: 9.00 am - 15.30 pm
The Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC) will host its two day research program on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 October. Twenty six research papers from CCMC's Minor Thesis, Masters by Research and PhD students will be presented. For more information please see the Program, speakers and abstracts of the research presentations (700kb pdf)
ANKAAA Arts Workers at the Centre for Cultural Material Conservation
In March 2012, Art Workers from ANKAAA (Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists) visited the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC) as part of their Art Workers Extension Program. The program is an intensive nine month professional development program for eight high achieving, long serving Indigenous arts workers from the ANKAAA membership. The group includes arts workers from each of ANKAAA’s four regions; Arnhem Land, Darwin/Katherine, the Kimberley and the Tiwi Islands. It is designed to increase arts worker professional skills and industry networks. The program includes Darwin-based training sessions, work-place support, fieldtrips, cross-regional exchanges, short-term industry placements (National Gallery of Australia Canberra, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Art of Gallery of New South Wales and CCMC) and nine moth mentorships to strengthen each participant’s capacity to achieve their goals within the Indigenous arts sector.
We were joined by Yimunthu Max Gumana from Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, Alan Joshua Junior from Ngukurr, Roseleen Park from Warmun Art Centre and KevinYarrangku Winungui from Maningrida Arts and Culture. They were accompanied by mentor Rachel Umbagai of Mowanjum Artists and staff from ANKAAA Christine Davidson, Chris Darkin and Jonathon Saunders.
The five day visit to Melbourne included “Behind the Scenes” tours of Museum Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, Koorie Heritage Trust and the University’s Ian Potter Museum of Art to view conservation laboratories, collection storage and exhibition preparation; hands-on training in preventive conservation, remedial conservation, packing, handling and transportation with CCMC staff and cultural events such as Dreamtime at the G.
The program provided an opportunity to discuss traditional practices and to teach CCMC conservators about Aboriginal cultural material and increase our understanding and ability to recommend the best approaches to the conservation of Indigenous cultural material.
This important partnerships also supports the ANKAAA membership to develop conservation skills so they can look after their own art and cultural material.
Alan Joshua Jnr dry cleaning a work on paper
Kevin Yarrangku Winungui making wheat starch paste for paper repairs
Yimunthu Max Gumana presents to CCMC staff and students about his job at the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre
Roseleen Park undertaking mould removal of a flood affected painting
- The Association of Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (ADFAS) Student Conservator of the Year Award: CCMC is pleased to congratulate Jenny O'Connell, the 2011 recipient of ADFAS Award. Please find more information on the AICCM website.
- Information about the Warmun Art Centre Project 2011