Photo of Carrick Hill, AdelaideCarrick Hill, Springfield, South Australia

Artlab expertise in long term, strategic conservation planning has been developed over three decades of caring for the state’s most important collections.

Good conservation management planning is essential for collection care. We provide structured, manageable and timely advice on the full range of  preventive and remedial conservation activities and programs.

Our overall conservation management plan prioritises activities and supports the strategic management of collections, focusing the allocation of resources to critical areas and achieving significant cost saving outcomes for collecting organisations.

Our preventive conservators regularly carry out comprehensive collection surveys for galleries, libraries, archives, museums and historical societies. We provide strategic advice on the long term care of collections and work with custodians to plan and implement preventive conservation actions that will minimise risks and deterioration. These surveys provide tailored solutions to suit an organisation’s preservation needs to ensure outcomes and resources are achievable.

Collection surveys can also assess the condition and conservation needs of groups of objects or whole collections, prioritise items for remedial conservation treatment and provide advice and recommendations for improved storage of objects or collections.

Conservation risk assessments can take a broader preventive conservation methodology by identifying risks and providing over-arching risk mitigation strategies to reduce or eliminate liabilities for the wider collection, resulting in a conservation management plan for the ongoing care and strategic management of the collection.