A selection of research that APTCCARN Members have been affiliated with.


5th APTCCARN Meeting, 'Natural Disasters & Cultural Heritage in the Philippines: Knowledge Sharing, Decision Making & Conservation', with the National Museum, Philippines. Supported by the Australia-ASEAN Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

Rosie Cook, AsiaLink Arts Residency, Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum. 


Rosie Cook, ‘This is not a Kowangan: a case study in community collaboration as conservation', Masters minor thesis, Dr Nicole Tse and Dr Caroline Kyi, The University of Melbourne.

Bridget Hale ‘Investigating the significance of the Jeune Scott-Kemball Wayang Kulit collection housed at the Music Archive of Monash University’, Masters minor thesis, Dr Nicole Tse and Dr Caroline Kyi, The University of Melbourne.

Adele Barbara ‘Investigating the efficacy of using microwave treatments to sterilise mould-affected paper’, Masters minor thesis, Dr Nicole Tse and Dr Caroline Kyi, The University of Melbourne.

Lexi Maller, ‘Characterising binding media used in Tang Dynasty Chinese murals’, Masters minor thesis, Dr Nicole Tse and Dr Caroline Kyi, The University of Melbourne.


2015-2017 | IRRTF Research Networks ‘Australia and China: Cultural Materials Conservation Cooperative Research Network’, Prof. Robyn Sloggett, Dr Nicole Tse, Eckfeld, T.

4th APTCCARN Meeting, 'Embracing Cultural Materials in the Tropics', with Cheng Shiu University, Taiwan. Supported by the Chen Cheng-po Cultural Foundation. 

Visiting Scholar Mr Zhanyun Zhu, University of Science and Technology of China, December 2014-May 2015. PhD candidate and Visiting Scholar supported by a China Scholarship Council.

Museum of Indonesian Arts research program with GCCMC, supported by National Library of Australia. 


Australian Awards Fellowships Program on Reconciliation and Cultural Recovery Program, AusAID DFAT, Prof. Robyn Sloggett.

Eliza O’Donnell, ‘The materials and techniques of Singapore Pioneer artist Georgette Chen’, Masters minor thesis, partner Balai Seni Lukis Negara, Malaysia, The University of Melbourne. 

Claire Grech, ‘Determination of the ageing behaviour of oil paint films in tropical environments’, Masters minor thesis, Dr Nicole Tse and Dr Augustine Doronila, partner Balai Seni Lukis Negara, Malaysia, The University of Melbourne. 

Bianca Stolar, Masters minor thesis, partner National Museum, Philippines, The University of Melbourne. 

Anna Murphy, ‘Filipino ceiling paintings on GI sheets: Characterising the materials and techniques’, Masters minor thesis, partner National Museum, Philippines, The University of Melbourne. 

Diana Tay, ‘Decision-making in the care of contemporary South-East Asian art: an ecological framework’, Masters minor thesis, The University of Melbourne.

Emily Keppel, ' Nineteenth-century Southeast Asian Islamic Manuscripts: A survey of the Michael Abbott Collection', Masters minor thesis, partner State Library of Victoria, The University of Melbourne. 


2013-2014 | Endeavour Executive Award, ‘Scoping cultural materials conservation methodologies for works of art in the Philippines,’ Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education at National Museum of the Philippines, Dr Nicole Tse.

MacGeorge Fellow Prof. Mandan Barkeshli, International Islamic University, Malaysia. Supported by the MacGeorge Bequest, The University of Melbourne

Bronwyn Tulloh, Masters minor thesis, partner National Museum, Philippines, The University of Melbourne.


3rd APTCCARN Meeting, Cultural Material in Tropical Climates Symposium with Silpakorn University, Thailand. Supported by an Australian-Thailand Institute Grant, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

2012-2013 | Melbourne Materials Institute Grant ‘Multiple sensors for the in situ, non-invasive investigation of works of art’, Dr Nicole Tse, Prof. Ann Roberts, Farrell, P, Brodie, G, Schiesser, C & Kyi, C.

Exhibition, 'Trepang: The Chinese & Macassan trade with Aboriginal Australia', opened Capital Museum Beijing 1 April, Melbourne Museum 23 July 2011.

Danielle Measday, 'Works of art and Climatic Conditions: A tool for assessing impacts of environmental stimuli', Masters minor thesis, The University of Melbourne. 


Laura Reid, ‘Mold Growth in Acrylic Paint Films in Tropical Environments’, Masters Minor Thesis, partner Silpakorn University, Thailand, The University of Melbourne. 


AusAid Fellowship for staff from Timor Leste Secretariat of State for Culture to visit the Grimwade Centre and partner organisations: Artlab Australia, Powerhouse, Australian Museum and NGV, Prof. Robyn Sloggett.

2010-2015 | 'Controlling Biodeterioration of Cultural Materials: The use of free-radical based treatments to inhibit the communication pathways of biofilms’,PhD candidate Caroline Kyi, Prof Carl Schiesser, Prof Robyn Sloggett and Ms Sharon Cather. (Read more: ""Piecing together the chemistry behind conservation," April 2010 Science Matters).

Associate Professor Dr Supanee Chayabutra’s Visiting Fellowship, Silpakorn University. Supported by the Australian Academy of the Humanities International Science Linkages – Humanities and Creative Arts Programme.

Claire Heasman, ‘Identifying painting materials and techniques employed by Malay-Chinese Artist Yong Mun Sen,’ Masters minor thesis, partner Balai Seni Lukis Negara, Malaysia, The University of Melbourne.


2008-2012 | ARC Linkage Project: ‘Twentieth Century in Paint.’ Industry partners, National Art Gallery Malaysia, SEAMEO SPAFA Bangkok, National Gallery of Victoria, Tate Britain, Getty Institute, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artlab Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Inaugural APTCCARN Meeting, with Balai Seni Lukis Negara, Malaysia. Supported by a Malaysia Institute Grant, Department of Foreign Affairs.

Jacinta Brown, ‘A Cultural Consideration Conundrum- world Heritage Conservation in Luang Pra bang, Laos’, Masters minor thesis, The University of Melbourne. 


Selina Halim, ‘Ageing Characteristics of Winsor & Newton and Marie's Oil Paints in Humid Tropical Climates’, Masters minor thesis, partner Balai Seni Lukis Negara, Malaysia, The University of Melbourne.


Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) with Ethnography Museum, Vietnam


Nicole Tse, Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Award, Department of Education, Science and Training, 'Examination of the dimensional changes of naturally aged canvas paintings', Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC), Singapore; National Art Gallery of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur; The National Gallery Bangkok. 

Georgia Harvey ‘Keris Symbol and Identity, manufacture, preservation& significance’,  Masters minor thesis, The University of Melbourne.


Caroline Fry, AsiaLink Arts Management Residency, Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam. 


2003-2006 | ARC Linkage Project: ‘The Behaviour of Western Artist's Materials in Tropical Environments.’ Industry partners National Gallery of Victoria; in Malaysia, Balai Seni Lukis Negara (BSLN) (National Art Gallery in Malaysia); in Singapore, National Heritage Board (Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC); in the Philippines, the Jorge B. Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines at Diliman (UPVM) (supported by the Australian Embassy in Manila); and in Thailand the National Gallery in Bangkok (supported by the Australian Embassy in Bangkok).

Dr Ana Labrador, University of Melbourne Visiting Scholar Award, University of the Philippines. 


1999 - 2004 | Grimwade Centre | Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development, with Executive Secretary Father Ted Torralba, Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines Permanent Committee for the Cultural Heritage of the Church, The Philippines Collaborative Conservation projects with the Diocese of Tagbilaran and the Provincial Government of Bohol.


Nicole Tse, Asialink Arts Management Residency, Conservation treatment program of four panel paintings at the Immaculate Conception Parish, in Baclayon, Philippines.