Our staff

Our conservation staff comprises a team of qualified and experienced conservators dedicated to the preservation and treatment of cultural materials. Our conservators are expert at treating a wide range of cultural materials.

Senior Management

Robyn Sloggett

Director – Professor Robyn Sloggett AM 

PhD, Ass DipMatCons, BA (Hons)

As Director of the Grimwade Centre, Robyn manages the diverse conservation, teaching and research programs of the Grimwade Centre. These programs include responsibility for the conservation of the cultural collections of the University of Melbourne and the provision of a large program for external clients, as well as delivery of the only comprehensive post-graduate conservation professional program in the Australasia-Pacific region.

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General Manager – Chris Stevenson

BBM, CIPS Accreditation

Chris joined the University in September 2015 as Associate Director –Commercial Services, before taking the position of General Manager in October 2018. He holds an honours degree in Business and is qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). As General Manager Chris is responsible for the day to day operations and development of CCS.

Conservation Staff

Painting Conservation Team

Lab Manager - Cushla Hill

BAppSc (CultMatCons), PMAICCM

Cushla has worked within various Australasian National Institutions and has extensive experience in private conservation consultancy. Her conservation and research interests include the materials and techniques of early twentieth century Australian artist.

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Caroline Fry

BAppSc (CultMatCons) 

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Vanessa Kowalski

BAppSc (CultMatCons), BCA, PMAICCM

Vanessa is interested is conservation of modern and contemporary art. She undertook specialist training at the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York). Vanessa is also interested in the conservation of Australian Indigenous art and has worked with Indigenous Art Centres across central and northern Australia.

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Catherine Nunn

PhD candidate, MC-CULMC, BAppSc (CultMatCons), PMAICCM

Catherine is senior paintings conservator with specialist skills in complex retouching projects. She has a broad range of international experience, having also worked at the V&A (London), Hamilton Kerr Institute (University of Cambridge), Auckland Art Gallery and National Gallery of Victoria.

Paper, Photographs, Books and Parchment Conservation Team

Lab Manager - Libby Melzer – Paper and Parchment Conservator

PhD candidate, BAppSc (CultMatCons)

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Jude Fraser - Paper and Photographs Conservator

BAppSc (CultMatCons), Certificate of Cartography

Jude trained as a conservator of paper and photographic materials. She has extensive experience in project management and in running training programs for small museums. Jude has a particular interest in the conservation of historic wallpapers and interior finishes.

Katy Glen – Paper and Photographs Conservator

BAppSc (CultMatCons), BA (Hons), PMAICCM

Katy joined The Grimwade Centre in 2003. Her areas of specialisation include the conservation treatment of nineteenth-century photography and the preservation of digital prints. Katy has furthered her professional development by attending conferences and courses both in Australia and internationally.

Peter Mitchelson – Paper and Books Conservator

MC-CULMC, PGDip (Hons), GDip, DipEd

Peter has been Conservator of Paper and Books at The Grimwade Centre since 2014 having previously worked at Artlab in South Australia and the National Library of Australia in Canberra. He has additional arts industry experience in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Lois Waters

MC-CULMC, BFA

Lois has a background in printmaking and is interested in the conservation of prints. She has worked at the Arts Centre Melbourne and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. She has also completed internships at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the State Library of Victoria.

Noni Zachri – Paper and Photographs Conservator

MC-CULMC, BA (Hons), PMAICCM

Noni Zachri has worked in the conservation of paper and photographic materials since 2010. Joining the Grimwade Centre in 2012, she provides conservation advice and services for both University collections and external clients. In addition, Noni has a strong background in preventive conservation, focusing on risk management, environmental monitoring and disaster preparedness.

Objects, Frames and Textiles Conservation Team

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Lab Manager - Holly Jones-Amin – Object Conservator

PhD candidate, BAppSc (CultMatCons), BA, PMAICCM

Holly has over twenty years experience, predominantly working on archaeological materials, indigenous and world cultural objects. As an Archaeological Conservator Holly has worked in Australia, Italy, the Middle East, South-east Asia and Central Asia. Holly engages with multiple archaeological communities in her work.

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Jacinta Brown – Textile Conservator

MC-CULMC, BSc

Jacinta’s interest is in Asian arts (objects and textiles). Since 2009, Jacinta has divided her conservation work between Luang Prabang in Lao PDR, Australia, Doha and Myanmar. Training opportunities and collaborations have taken her to Hong Kong, Thailand and Hong Kong, where she focused on silk and traditional costume conservation.

Jordi Casasayas – Frame Conservator

BFA 

Jordi specialises in Frame Conservation and the rehousing of paintings and mounting works on paper. Jordi also designs and constructs custom-made mounting and housing systems for a range of objects and materials such as bark paintings, scrolls and parchments, as well as custom-makes storage boxes, folders and display systems.

Marica Mucic - Objects Conservator

MC-CULMC, BA (Hons)

Marica specialises in the conservation of three-dimensional objects. She is passionate about the preservation of cultural heritage and the conservation of archaeological materials. Marica is also interested in ancient Near Eastern archaeology and has worked on a range of historical archaeological assemblages across Victoria.

 

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Evan Tindal – Object Conservator

PhD candidate, MC-CULMC, BA 

Evan has worked extensively with archaeological materials, on conservation projects in both the United States and Australia.  Evan was formally manager of the conservation lab for the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research. Additional interests include the treatment of metals, functional objects and large, immovable heritage - with an emphasis on integrating multidisciplinary approaches.