The Grimwade Centre specialises in all areas of art restoration and museum standard conservation to institutions and private clients. The centre has provided commercial art conservation and restoration programs since 1989.
The Grimwade Centre's conservation commercial services programs include conservation treatments and restoration of all types of materials: paintings; works on paper ; photographs ; books; frames ; textiles ; organic materials (such as leather, wood, plant fibres etc.) and inorganic materials (such as ceramics, metals, glass etc.); archaeological materials ; architectural projects; collection surveys and development of conservation strategy plans and disaster preparedness plans; research and technical analysis ; and training programs.
The Grimwade Centre has one of the best-equipped commercial laboratories in Australia, with access to a wide range of analytical equipment and expertise at The University of Melbourne. The building is purpose built for housing cultural collections with temperature and humidity control and 24-hour on-site security, to ensure your artwork is in optimum care. Clients' objects are covered under the University's insurance while the objects are on The Grimwade Centre premises. With access to a loading dock and large goods lift, we are able to accommodate very large items for treatment, such as over-sized paintings and sculptures.
Our client base includes: national, state, regional and rural public collection and cultural organisations; amateur collecting societies and museums; commercial galleries; corporate collections; and private collections.
We are an Approved Service Provider for the Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association.