Conservation in the Asia-Pacific

Conservation in the Asia-Pacific includes an understanding the materiality of the cultural record, the way they behave and age in diverse climatic conditions, as well as how they respond to new conservation treatments and the increasing risk of natural disasters.


Dr Nicole Tse, Dr Caroline Kyi

Research supervisions

2016 - Claire Grech, ‘Modern paints: characterising the long-term behaviour of acrylic paintings aged in diverse climatic conditions and the conservation implications for their care’, PhD, Dr Nicole Tse, Dr Augustine Doronila.

2016 - Isa Loo, ‘Assessment and evaluation of inorganic, calcite-based treatment, in the conservation of earthen cultural materials’, PhD, Dr Nicole Tse, Assoc. Professor Andrew Jamieson, Dr Caroline Kyi.

2016 - Rosie Cook, ‘The informed orchestrator: Roles and responsibilities on the conservation of the Kowangan’, Masters minor thesis, Dr Nicole Tse and Dr Caroline Kyi.

2016 - Bridget Hale ‘Investigating the significance of the Jeune Scott-Kemball Wayang Kulit collection housed at the Music Archive of Monash University’, Masters minor thesis, Dr Nicole Tse and Dr Caroline Kyi.

2016 - Adele Barbara ‘Investigating the efficacy of using microwave treatments to sterilise mould-affected paper’, Masters minor thesis, Dr Nicole Tse and Dr Caroline Kyi.

2016 - Lexi Maller ‘Characterising binding media used in Tang Dynasty Chinese murals’, Masters minor thesis, Dr Nicole Tse and Dr Caroline Kyi.

Research projects

'Asia-Pacific Twentieth Century Conservation Art Research Network (APTCCARN)'

2015-2017 - IRRTF Research Networks 'Australia and China: Cultural Materials Conservation Cooperative Research Network', Professor Robyn Sloggett, Dr Nicole Tse, Eckfeld, T.

2014 - Australian Awards Fellowships Program on Reconciliation and Cultural Recovery Program, AusAID DFAT, Professor Robyn Sloggett,

2010 - AusAid Fellowship for staff from Timor Leste Secretariat of State for Culture to visit the Grimwade Centre and partners organisations Artlab Australia, Powerhouse, Australian Museum and NGV, Professor Robyn Sloggett.

2008-2012 - ARC Linkage Project: 'Twentieth Century in Paint'. Industry partners, National Art Gallery Malaysia, SEAMEO SPAFA Bangkok, National Gallery of Victoria, Tate Britain, Getty Institute, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artlab Australia.

2003-2006 - ARC Linkage Project: 'The Behaviour of Western Artist's Materials in Tropical Environments'. Industry partners National Gallery of Victoria; in Malaysia, Balai Seni Lukis Negara (BSLN) (National Art Gallery in Malaysia); in Singapore, National Heritage Board (Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC); in the Philippines, the Jorge B. Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines at Diliman (UPVM) (supported by the Australian Embassy in Manila); and in Thailand the National Gallery in Bangkok (supported by the Australian Embassy in Bangkok)

2010-2015 - 'Controlling Biodeterioration of Cultural Materials: The use of free-radical based treatments to inhibit the communication pathways of biofilms', PhD candidate Caroline Kyi, Prof Carl Schiesser, Prof Robyn Sloggett and Ms Sharon Cather. (Read more: ""Piecing together the chemistry behind conservation," April 2010 Science Matters).

2013-2014 - Endeavour Executive Award 'Scoping cultural materials conservation methodologies for works of art in the Philippines', Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education at National Museum of the Philippines, Dr Nicole Tse.

2012-2013 - Melbourne Materials Institute Grant 'Multiple sensors for the in situ, non-invasive investigation of works of art', Dr Nicole Tse, Professor Ann Roberts, Farrell, P, Brodie, G, Schiesser, C and Kyi, C.