Arts and Culture

Andrew Durham – Artlab & the treasures they protect

Posted on: Mon 29 Jan 2018

Got grandma’s old teapot?  Great great grandad’s uniform and fishing book?   Want to know if they’re valuable? Want to know how to care for them? Well, South Aussies can access the service of the same experts responsible for the conservation programs of our state’s greatest treasures! No other state or territory in Australia has this service and, what’s more, we all have access to a free consultation about our personal family items.

The director of Artlab, Andrew Durham, tells us what Artlab is, and what they do here and elsewhere in the world in the realm of preservation and conservation of precious and historic or cultural items. It’s an incredible service not just to country, but to community as well.

Interviewer Fiona White

Photos provided by Artlab Australia.

Andrew with Dr Ang Ming Chee from George Town World Heritage Incorporated in Penang in December 2017 where a Memorandum of Understanding, between George Town World Heritage Incorporated and Artlab Australia, was signed at their inaugural Textile Conservation Workshop. Kristin Phillips, Artlab’s Principal Conservator Textiles and Andrew Durham were asked to present conservation techniques for textiles at this workshop.


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