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A conservator wearing an apron, glasses and with loupes propped up on their head stands proudly in front of a damaged oil painting they are about to begin restoring.

Ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes at an art gallery?

Explore ‘Meet the artists’ to discover more about the diverse practices of our Collection artists, or ‘Meet the experts’ to encounter Gallery specialists of all kinds, from framing conservators to motion designers, from curators to registrars. Learn how we digitise a 3D artwork, restore a centuries-old gilded frame and install priceless works of art.

Here, our trove of interviews, videos and first-hand accounts offer you a peek into artists' studios and conservators' workshops, and into crates full of artworks ready to be installed. 



Feature image: Assistant Conservator (Paintings), Ruby Awburn, with Isaac Walter Jenner’s Kelly & Cussen’s Pearl Shelling Station on Prince of Wales Island, Torres Straits Queensland 1897 at QAG, October 2022 / Photograph: J Ruckli, QAGOMA