2016 Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials winners

Big congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM), which were announced in Canberra at the National Portrait Gallery in October 2016. Grimwade Centre staff, students and alumni received awards.

Outstanding Research in the Field of Material Conservation: Dr Paula Dredge

Since 2009, Paula has been conducting extensive research on modern paints completing a PhD on the painter Sidney Nolan at The University of Melbourne. Her collaborative research has been undertaken with several universities, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Australian Synchrotron. Paula has numerous publications on metallic paints, house paint technology and commercial paints used by Australian artists in the 20th century and has contributed greatly to the understanding of provenance, attribution, deterioration and conservation of modern artworks.

AICCM Conservator of the Year: Dr Nicole Tse

A member of AICCM for more than 20 years, Nicole was involved in the organising committees for IIC in 2000, and ICOM-CC in 2014 and has been AICCM Bulletin editor since 2013. Nicole has been awarded 2016 Conservator of the year in recognition of her networking, leadership and collaborations in South East Asia.Through her role in Asia-Pacific Tropical Climate Conservation Art Research Network (APTCCARN), Nicole has successfully gained support from the Australian-ASEAN Council of DFAT to present an international forum, Natural Disasters and Cultural Heritage in the Philippines: Recovery, reconstruction and measures of effectiveness in 2017 in conjunction with the National Museum of the Philippines.

Outstanding Conservation Volunteer: Celeste Wing Young

Awarded to Grimwade Centre student Celeste Wing Young, in recognition of her volunteer contribution to the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) through her work for Dow's Pharmacy in Chiltern. Dow's Pharmacy houses Victoria's oldest collection of pharmaceuticals in an original apothecary building. AICCM applauds the exceptional efforts put in by Celeste to assist this important site.

AICCM Student of the Year: Eleanor Vallier

In acknowledgement of outstanding academic achievements, engagement with the conservation profession and contribution to AICCM, the 2016 GCCMC student of the year is awarded to Eleanor Vallier. Eleanor has fostered a strong interest and commitment to conservation through fieldwork and research with Indigenous arts centres in Australia.