Restoring 'Vive L’Empereur'
Treating a Toulouse-Lautrec poster
Repairing the frame for 'The defence of Rorke’s Drift'
'Milford Sound, New Zealand' frame during laser cleaning
'The boar hunt' before and after treatment
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Friends of Conservation
Join the Foundation and direct your funds to Friends of Conservation to support the care of the Art Gallery of NSW collection.
Friends of Conservation raises funds for research and conservation projects on the Gallery’s collection and the purchase of new conservation equipment that we could not otherwise undertake or afford.
In addition to the acknowledgements extended to all Foundation members, you’ll be invited to three to four fundraising events a year held by Friends of Conservation, such as private and corporate collection viewings and exhibition-related events at the Gallery.
Recent conservation projects funded through the Foundation include:
- major treatment of six Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec posters
- treatment of the ornate original gilded frame for Alphonse de Neuville’s painting The defence of Rorke’s Drift 1879
- restoration and return to display of the largest painting in the collection, Edouard Detaille’s Vive L’Empereur 1891
- purchase of the latest equipment for analysis and treatment of the collection – a digital x-raying instrument, a handheld x-ray fluorescence spectrometer and laser cleaning system
- support for a three-year scientific postgraduate position within the Conservation Department researching the use of enamel house paint by Sidney Nolan in partnership with an Australian Research Council project ‘The twentieth century in paint’
Corporate sponsors also support conservation projects such as:
- Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Project – conservation treatment of WC Piguenit’s The flood in the Darling 1890 1895, which needed cleaning and repairs to the canvas, and a major restoration of the frame
- BNP Paribas Bank – treatment of Frans Snyders’ The boar hunt c1650s and its frame, which uncovered the original 17th-century composition under an early restoration
- Hyperion Asset Management – conservation treatment of the William Strutt painting David’s first victory 1868, which had been diminished by aged varnish, and the making of a new reproduction frame
Give your support
The first step is to contact the Foundation (see right).
The Foundation is the Gallery’s major acquisition fund and the umbrella organisation for all Gallery benefactor groups and funds. Read more
Contact the Foundation
Tel 02 9225 1818
Tel 02 9225 1684
Tel 02 9225 1746
Download Foundation form (PDF 112KB)
Behind the scenes
Major painting conservation project
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec posters
Paper conservation project
The flood in the Darling 1890 1895
Major painting conservation and frame restoration project
The defence of Rorke’s Drift 1879 1890
Major frame restoration project