Caroline Fry is a paintings conservator at the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, responsible for the conservation treatment of paintings from various collections, including public collections such as regional galleries, and commercial galleries and private individuals.

In addition, Caroline lectures and instructs students enrolled in the Masters Degree in Conservation of Material Culture. Caroline's educational background spans a variety of disciplines, she has a Bachelor of Science Degree (The University of Melbourne) and Bachelor of Applied Science in Conservation (The University of Canberra). She is also qualified in Education (Dip. Ed) and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies. Recently she completed a Graduate Certificate in Visual Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts (2016).

Caroline has worked in various capacities in major cultural intuitions, such as The State Library, Museum of Victoria and the National Gallery of Victoria, and has worked for the past 10 years as a painting conservator. In 2004 Caroline was awarded an Asialink Residency at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Hanoi Vietnam, where she conserved a significant painting in the collection. At the end of the residency, she was awarded a Medal by the Peoples' Republic of Vietnam, for her 'contribution towards the preservation of Vietnamese Art'. Since 2004 Caroline has maintained contact with various cultural agencies in Vietnam, and has initiated several placements for Australian conservators to work in Vietnamese Museums. These placements have assisted in preservation of collections allowing the conservator to work alongside and train Vietnamese museum staff. Caroline is currently participating in the Asialink Leaders Program 2007.


  • 2016 Nina Stanton /Copeland Foundation scholarship - to attend the 2016 program of Royal Collections Studies program organised by The Attingham Trust
  • 2016 Ian Potter Travel Grant provided by The Ian Potter Foundation
  • 2004 Asialink Residency


Journal Articles (*Refereed Journals)

  • *Fry, C., Kowalski, V. and Nunn, C. 2009, '"Landscape in Miniature" - The use of the gum leaf as a painting support in colonial Victoria,' Melbourne Journal of Technical Studies in Art - Supports, Volume III, (accepted December 2008, in press).