Conserving Japanese folding screens

‘A fleeting bloom: Japanese Art from the Collection’ is the debut exhibition for a number of historical folding screens that recently entered the QAGOMA Collection as part of the James Fairfax AC Bequest. The Curatorial team for Asian art worked closely with Conservation staff on this project and Emily Wakeling recently met behind-the-scenes with Kim…

The textile designs of Olive Ashworth: A unique Queensland style

Queensland textile designer Olive Ashworth (1915–2000) made a major contribution to Australia’s visual culture. Authors and academics Nadia Buick and Madeleine King have explored the works of this local artist , whose stunning designs are part of the Australian collection. Ashworth was born in Brisbane and educated at Somerville House. After the death of her…

William Dobell, Australia 1899-1970 / The Cypriot 1940

William Dobell’s ‘The Cypriot’ shares its secrets

William Dobell is an artist recognised for his portraits and for often embellishing his sitter’s appearance to draw out their most distinctive traits. The model for The Cypriot 1940 was Aegus Gabrielides, a Greek Cypriot waiter who worked in a London café frequented by Dobell and his fellow Slade School students in the 1930s. Go behind-the-scenes with Anne…

Go behind-the-scenes as we clean ‘Evening (Mt Coot-tha from Dutton Park)’

F.J. Martyn Roberts painting Evening (Mt Coot-tha from Dutton Park) 1898 is an important Brisbane landscape so a six month project carrying out a delicate conservation treatment to clean and restore this work was scheduled. Due to the aging process of the upper varnish layers, and the restoration treatment that had taken place before the painting…

Rehousing the Derby porcelain ‘Figurine of Neptune’ c.1770

Rehousing the Derby porcelain works Figurine of Neptune c.1770 with Danielle Hastie, Preventative Conservation Technican / Photography: Natasha Harth This time lapse video shows the construction of a customised storage box for the c.1770 Derby porcelain ceramic Figurine of Neptune purchased in 1989 from the estate of Lady Trout with a special allocation from the Queensland Government.…