Catherine Nunn

Painting conservator and technical art historian

About Me

I’m a highly skilled, accredited painting conservator and have worked in the industry for over 20 years. Based in Melbourne, I provide a professional, quality art conservation service, specialising in structural and aesthetic conservation treatments of paintings on canvas and panel/board supports.

Over the course of my career I’ve worked in public, private and University sectors in institutions in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. I have held painting conservation positions at the following institutions: The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, University of Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand, Artlab Australia, Adelaide. I’m experienced in the treatment of paintings from all eras, and I’m one of the few conservators in Australia with specialist training in the structural conservation of panel paintings.

I love the research and discovering stories about art revealed through the conservation process. This can add value to paintings though uncovering hidden details. My research is published as scholarly articles and book chapters, and I have delivered many public lectures at galleries and academic forums. I’m currently undertaking doctoral research on Australian artists abroad from 1885-1914.


Bachelor of Applied Science in the Conservation of Cultural Materials (Paintings specialisation)

Master of Arts by Research

PhD (currently enrolled at the University of Melbourne)

Professional Member of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials

Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society

Recipient of numerous awards and scholarships:
The Ruth Tuck Visual Arts Scholarship
Gordon Darling Fellowship
Ian Potter Cultural Trust Fellowship
Cambridge Commonwealth Scholarship

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