Meet the Conservator - Live Q&A

When: Thursday 18 February, 6.00pm - 7.00pm

Where: ANZ Zauner Foyer, MAMA

Price: FREE

This month at MAMA we're pulling back the curtain on what happens behind the scenes of a working art museum, and exploring the process of art conservation.

One of the most important duties of a museum is to care for and maintain each work in the collection, ensuring that degradation over time is minimised, preserving the artwork for future generations.

We have invited art conservator, and paintings specialist, Emily Mulvihill to join us and share her skills, knowledge and insight as an art conservator.

Emily developed three programs for our Members, celebrating works in the permanent collection, and enhancing our understanding of collection maintenance. First, a video was produced investigating the gumleaf paintings of A.W Eustace in the MAMA Collection. Second, Emily undertook conservation work on a painting by Norma Bull live in the museum. The painting is scheduled to be presented in a new collection exhibition in the coming year.

The third and final program for our members with Emily is a 'Meet the Conservator' event. In this evening presentation, Emily will share some highlight projects she's worked on, and some classic art disasters that she's been called in to repair.

Emily Mulvihill is an art conservator that specialises in paintings. Her professional career has predominately been spent in the USA. She recently returned from living in New York City where she worked at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Here she was fortunate enough to work on some prominent paintings from art history by artists such as Andy Warhol and Umberto Boccioni. Emily is now based in the Riverina and is working closely with MAMA on a number of special conservation programs, supported by our Members.

Mulvihill completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School in Darlinghurst, a Masters in Cultural Materials Conservation from Melbourne University. Alongside her impressive career as a paintings conservator, Mulvihill maintains a personal creative practice across a number of mediums, and thrives in environments where she is able to share her love for art and making with others.

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This program is proudly brought to you by the MAMA Members program