News from the bat cave
An installation of fruit bats on a Hills Hoist by artist Lin Onus has charmed many visitors since its creation in 1991. However, the cracks that appeared in some of the animals started us on the trail of solving a conservation mystery.
8 months ago, by Kelly McCauley
Caring for the ancestors
An exquisite pair of 18th-century Chinese portraits is on display after some seriously challenging conservation treatment that tested the mettle of the Gallery's head of Asian art conservation.
11 months ago, by Jackie Dunn
A Stella return
Anyone notice a nine-metre long, boldly striped painting miraculously appear in the Gallery last week? The work by Frank Stella is a collection favourite – so where has it been?
11 months, 2 weeks ago, by Jackie Dunn
The desktop photographs
These days it's easy to take the fragility of the printed photograph for granted. Changes to the way we create images, and how we print them, are presenting a challenge to conservators.
1 year ago, by Asti Sherring
Back in black
After a mammoth conservation treatment, a massive one-tonne sculpture by one of Australia’s most important and highest profile sculptors is back on display at the Gallery - structurally stable, rust removed and with a satin black finish.
1 year, 2 months ago, by Donna Hinton
Saving a Streeton
One of Australia’s best known and most influential landscape painters, Arthur Streeton was an official war artist during World War I. An important work from his service recording the battlefields of Europe is in urgent need of conservation treatment.
1 year, 4 months ago, by Paula Dredge
Take a Captain Cook at this
The Gallery has just one painting from Captain James Cook's voyages in our collection but its poor condition has meant that for some years we haven't been able to exhibit it.
1 year, 10 months ago, by Carolyn Murphy
Conserving Clement's Flippant Flurry
As works of art, Clement Meadmore's massive outdoor sculptures appear to effortlessly defy both gravity and the weight of their steel forms. As a practical challenge, getting one of the roof is far from effortless.
1 year, 10 months ago, by Carolyn Murphy
Piguenit shines once more
WC Piguenit's 'The upper Nepean' is back on display following conservation treatment that has returned its gorgeous golden frame to its former glory.
1 year, 11 months ago, by Carolyn Murphy
Have I got your attention?
In the highlands of Papua New Guinea, some young men wear wigs decorated with bright bird plumes as part of a traditional bachelor cult. Just like in nature, these fine feathers are used to attract attention.
2 years, 2 months ago, by Kerry Head
Not your average jewels
Twelve scrotum of marsupial tree-dwellers are not the sort of thing you’re likely to find on a piece of modern personal adornment, but when in Wonenara in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea...
2 years, 5 months ago, by Kerry Head
In the frame
A little over a year ago I began my three-year traineeship in reproduction decorative frame-making with David Butler, who has been making frames for the Gallery for over 20 years.
2 years, 5 months ago, by Tom Langlands
Colour and music rolled into one
Painted on two piano rolls, this work by Roy de Maistre translates a classical music score into an array of vibrant colour. A recent conservation project has not only stabilised it for display but also revealed much about the artist's materials and techniques.
3 years, 1 month ago, by Analiese Treacy
Roy de Maistre shapes up
Several Roy de Maistre artworks were in poor shape due to inappropriate storage and remedial treatment before the Gallery acquired them. A recent conservation project has remedied much of the damage, allowing them to be displayed again.
3 years, 2 months ago, by Andrea Nottage
The cracks of Jealousy
It's one of Tom Roberts' most important studio paintings of the 1880s but it's rarely been seen due to its poor condition. A new conservation project is underway to change that.
3 years, 4 months ago, by Andrea Nottage
Preserving the posters of Toulouse-Lautrec
Conservators have the ability to reduce the signs of aging - even when an object is over 100 years old.
3 years, 9 months ago, by Analiese Treacy
Conserving a Gallery favourite
It’s one of the Gallery’s most-loved works of art and now it’s back on display in its magnificent gold-leaf gilded frame after a major conservation project that was also an Australian first.
4 years ago, by Carolyn Murphy