Senior Conservator, Time Based Art


  • Ongoing role
  • Sydney CBD – The Domain
  • Conservator Grade 3
  • Total Remuneration Package up to $120,713
  • Salary range ($103,450 to $108,898)

Established in 1871, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is located in Sydney’s The Domain adjacent to the Royal Botanic Garden and near the Central Business District, the Gallery acknowledges the original custodians of this land – the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. The Gallery attracts around 1.4 million visitors annually and runs Australia’s largest education program with over 90,000 student and teacher visits per year.

With the construction of our expansion project currently underway and scheduled for completion in 2022, the Gallery is poised to deliver a new state-of-the-art building located next to our existing and much-loved building. Providing us with close to double the current exhibition space, the expanded Gallery will enable us to share more art with more people and provide more family, learning and educational programming for all our audiences.

To help us achieve our ambition, we are seeking diverse, collaborative, supportive and brilliant individuals to work alongside our existing talent and build on our rich history to create an even more inspiring Gallery for the future.

About the role

The role is responsible for coordinating and undertaking time-based art conservation programs for the Gallery’s and National Art Archives collections and exhibitions, including assessing and preparing artworks at acquisition, and for internal and external exhibitions, displays and loans, to ensure the integrity and quality of artworks is maintained.

The time-based art conservator has an in-depth knowledge of the technical requirements and specifications for time-based works of art and audio-visual objects. They also contribute to or lead on the development of strategies, procedures and workflows for the preservation of works in the collection and National Art Archives.

What technical / soft skills you require

  • Tertiary qualifications in Materials Conservation or professional membership of AICCM; thorough knowledge and understanding of the physical and chemical construction of time-based artworks: chemistry, art history, artists’ methods and materials and techniques used
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating and undertaking time-based art conservation projects and in the examination, documentation and treatment of time-based artworks to a high standard along with demonstrated knowledge of current international standards for handling, packing, transport and display of artworks.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of both domestic and international conservation principles, ethics and requirements as identified in the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials Code of Ethics and its international counterparts

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