1. What is the role of a conservator?
Watch this interview with the NGV’s Head of Conservation and think and write about:
2. Respond to an exhibition – conservation focus Visit an exhibition in an informal or formal setting. This could be an exhibition in your local community (eg. school art exhibition or community art exhibition), or a commercial gallery (that displays and sells art), or a public gallery such as the NGV.
Identify what environmental factors (ie. light, humidity, temperature, dust and insects) might potentially pose risks to the artworks and how the artworks are protected from these risks.
Describe other potential risks for artworks in this environment and how have the artworks been protected from these? (ie consider how works are displayed to protect from crowds, touching etc)
Choose 2 artworks and discuss what evidence you can observe of preventative conservation in the way they are displayed (ie framing, plinths, lighting)
Discuss what factors may need to be considered in the handling, transportation and storage of two or more works in the exhibition.