Since its founding in 2008, APTCCARN has held five meetings across the Asia-Pacific region, linking researchers and museum professionals, and providing a platform for sharing regionally relevant conservation knowledge.


  • To promote initiatives between partners and other researchers and research groups
  • To conduct training projects and develop training resources
  • To undertake regionally relevant research projects
  • To develops web-based dissemination of project outcomes, including image databanks, artists databases, environmental data, portfolio of conservation treatments
  • To build information systems to collect and provide data to support and expand our research areas. These include the transfer of data, building on line and at distance research archives, providing training, enabling distributed data processing, and interactive collaborations
  • To hold APTCCARN events
  • Our members are committed to the broad dissemination of research outcomes and findings in order to increase understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art in Asia-Pacific.


APTCCARN developed from an ARC Linkage Project 'The Behaviour of Western Artists' Materials in Tropical Climates' (LP 0211015), which brought together researchers in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines in order to investigate Western artists materials in tropical climates through art historical studies, visual examination, and scientific analysis. Following discussions relating to the outcomes of 'The Behaviour of Western Artists' Materials in Tropical Climates' project, partners indicated the need to continue to explore the area of art materials and art making in the twentieth century in Asia and founded APTCCARN. This team expanded into the ARC Linkage Project 'The Twentieth Century in Paint' which was led by Associate Professor Robyn Sloggett and Dr Nicole Tse as the ARC Postdoctorate Fellow.

Founding Members

  • Associate Professor Robyn Sloggett and Dr Nicole Tse, Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Associate Professor Ana Labrador, then Curator, JB Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines
  • Ms Loh Heng Noi, Director, Heritage Conservation Centre, National Heritage Board, Singapore
  • Ms Zanita Anuar, Senior Curator/ Director of Research, and Mr Amerrrudin Ahmad, Curator, Balai Seni Lukis Negara, National Art Gallery Malaysia
  • Chiraporn Aranyanark, then Director, Conservation Science Division Office of Archaeology and National Museums, The Fine Arts Department, Thailand
  • Dr Tom Learner, Getty Conservation Institute