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Specialist conservation services

O’Sullivan Conservation offer specialist conservation services. Our focus is on high-quality solutions and the safety of each object and person involved. We are a specialist conservation company that has at its core high-quality workmanship, expertise, and a dedicated and sensitive approach to the care of cultural materials and objects.

Caring for Australia’s cultural heritage since 2016, O’Sullivan Conservation practised in Scotland for four years prior to relocating to Australia in 2008. Since 2016 O’Sullivan Conservation has built an excellent reputation for providing specialist conservation services with a wide-ranging client base and for completing conservation projects with integrity and professionalism. O’Sullivan Conservation prides itself on completing projects on time and within budget, while maintaining impeccable safety records and meeting their zero-harm policy.

OUR TEAM

Eoin O’Sullivan

Eoin O’Sullivan

Director and Principal Conservator

Eoin has over two decades the conservation industry, supported by a diploma in Conservation and Restoration of Furniture and Wooden Objects (Distinction), obtained at the Letterfrack Furniture College, Ireland. Following graduation Eoin relocated to Scotland where he set up O’Sullivan Conservation and worked as a freelance conservator for several museums and galleries including National Museums Scotland, the National Trust for Scotland, Glasgow School of Art, and private conservation organisations.

In 2008 Eoin moved to Australia where he continued to work as a versatile conservation professional. Eoin has extensive practical conservation experience with furniture and wooden objects, heritage building interiors, movable heritage artefacts, outdoor heritage, sculptures, and war memorials.

Eoin is a professional member of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM) and a professional associate of the American Institute of Conservation (AIC). Eoin currently has a Pathways Membership with The Institute of Conservation (ICON) and is working towards ICON Accreditation, as well as being a member of the International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Contemporary Artworks (IIC). He is bound by each organisation’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and has a thorough and up to date knowledge of the principles, best practices and ethics applied in the practice of conservation.

Further information regarding the standards Eoin has met can be found at the below two websites:

AIC Professional Associate
Hannah Newman

Hannah Newman

Business Development and Contract Manager, Conservator

Hannah has over fifteen years of experience managing telecommunications and utilities contracts across Australia, including tendering, end-to-end contract management, and development and implementation of processes and procedures, as well as safety documentation and staff management. Hannah has master’s degrees in Business Administration and International Business, as well as having auxiliary credentials in frontline and project management.

Hannah has worked at O’Sullivan Conservation since its inception in 2016 in various roles, including Business Development and Contract Manager, and conservation assessment and treatment roles. During this time, she has undertaken hands-on technical conservation training, under the principal conservator’s direct supervision. In the last 7 years, Hannah has developed into a skilled conservator, particularly in condition assessment and reporting, large-scale conservation cleaning and mould remediation projects, conservation maintenance programs and stone conservation treatments.

In addition to conservation duties, Hannah also undertakes all QSHE management, onboarding and staff development, project tendering and management, and client liaison as part of her current role.

Hannah is a member of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM) and a member of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Contemporary Artworks (IIC) and is continually developing her knowledge of conservation treatments and best practice.

Katherine Rosenthal

Katherine Rosenthal

Senior Conservator and Administrator

Katherine has over twenty years of experience in the visual arts, conservation, and heritage fields, holding a master’s degree in Cultural Materials Conservation (Paintings) from the University of Melbourne, and a bachelor’s degree in Art Theory (Honours) from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. She is currently studying an online master’s degree in Business Administration at RMIT.

Katherine joined O’Sullivan Conservation in early 2023 and brings her extensive practical conservation experience in traditional, modern, and contemporary artworks, together with a thorough understanding of conservation ethics and best practices.

Having worked in the commercial gallery sector prior to undertaking conservation, she is knowledgeable in collection management, artwork handling and collection movement, condition assessments, environmental monitoring and integrated pest management of collections, project and contract management, and business practices.

Katherine is a professional member of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM), a member of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Contemporary Artworks (IIC), and a member of the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (INCCA).

Emily Bramich

Emily Bramich

Assistant Object Conservator

Emily joined O’Sullivan Conservation in the latter half of 2022, holding a master’s degree in Cultural Materials Conservation from the University of Melbourne and a bachelor’s degree majoring in Industrial Design (Honours) from RMIT University.

Emily is experienced in the conservation treatment of a range of inorganic materials including large-scale marble monuments, bronze sculptures, honed marble, limestone stelae, architectural mouldings, terrazzo, furniture, decorative arts, and ceramics. Her special interest is in stone, sculpture, and outdoor heritage. Her role at OSC includes studio treatments, outdoor projects, large-scale conservation cleaning, as well as supervising and training.

Through her design practice, Emily has worked across a range of production processes including sculpting, casting, and 3D printing. Her previous roles include Sessional Lecturer within RMIT’s School of Design and Design Mentor for Sisterworks.

Emily is a member of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM).

Mathew Geale

Mathew Geale

Metals Conservation Specialist

Mathew has been involved in the jewellery, metalworking, and antique industry for over 20 years. Originally hailing from Tasmania, Mathew has crossed the country pursuing his teenage dream of being a jeweller and silversmith. He has received an associate diploma in Art, Craft and Design, majoring in Jewellery, from the Tasmanian Institute of TAFE and a bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW.

Mathew joined O’Sullivan Conservation in the first half of 2023, after running his own metals restoration and jewellery-making business for over a decade, working together with OSC on several sub-contracted projects. He is experienced in the restoration and conservation of metalwork, including corrosion treatments, electroplating preparation, metal polishing and finishing, patination, mold making, soldering repairs, engraving, and jewellery manufacture and repair.

Mathew has been working as a freelance jeweller since 2000, creating unique commission pieces and designing work in his own style. He also has a decade of experience in metal finishing and spent 8 years learning the skills of silversmithing with Australia’s oldest remaining manufacturing silversmith, specialising in repairs and restoration.

Dr Camilla Norman

Dr Camilla Norman

Assistant Object Conservator

Camilla joined O’Sullivan Conservation in January 2023, whilst completing her master’s degree in Cultural Materials Conservation at The University of Melbourne. Additionally, Camilla is a highly experienced archaeologist, with over 25 years of experience in fieldwork, lecturing and academia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts (Honours) and PhD from the Department of Archaeology, The University of Sydney, with her thesis on “The Iron Age Stelae of Daunia (Apulia, Italy)”.

Camilla has taken an active role in large-scale projects with O’Sullivan Conservation, including conservation cleaning projects in museum collection environments. She has a strong background in museum objects conservation, object handling, and research, having been a long-time employee at the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, and undertaken contracts with Mediterranean Archaeology, Casey and Lowe Archaeology and Heritage, and the Chau Chak Wing Museum, University of Sydney.

Emma Ward

Emma Ward

Assistant Object Conservator

Emma commenced employment with O’Sullivan Conservation in January 2023, having completed her master’s degree in Cultural Materials Conservation in 2022 at The University of Melbourne. She also holds a bachelor’s degree majoring in Art History from the University of Sydney.

Emma has taken an active role in projects since joining O’Sullivan Conservation, including large conservation cleaning projects in museum collection environments. She has a strong background in museum objects conservation, object handling, and customer service, having undertaken various internships, including two years at Museum of Chinese Australian History and 6 months at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Anna Broome

Anna Broome

Conservation Technician

Anna commenced employment with O’Sullivan Conservation in January 2023, having completed her bachelor’s degree in Fine Art (Painting) at the National Art School (NAS) in 2022. Since joining the team, Anna has undertaken several large conservation cleaning projects in museum environments.

Anna has a passion for art and her experience as a painter provides her with an understanding of paint application and material properties. She also brings a strong background in customer service experience, manual handling skills and facilities maintenance.

Thomas Sandberg

Thomas Sandberg

Conservation Technician

Thomas commenced employment with O’Sullivan Conservation in January 2023, having completed his bachelor’s degree in Fine Art (Sculpture) at the National Art School (NAS) in 2019. Since joining the team, Thomas has undertaken several large conservation cleaning projects in museum environments.

Thomas has a strong background in sculpture relocation, having worked on Sculptures by the Sea. Additionally, Thomas is the director and founder of an art collective, is an artist assistant, and works in mount making at MAAS, providing experience in stock management and chemical storage, artwork handling, transport and display, and studio maintenance. Thomas’ experience as a sculptor in metals and concrete provides him with an understanding of the properties of concrete and stone, as well as welding techniques and metal properties.

TESTIMONIAL

 

“The service and expertise provided by O’Sullivan Conservation was fantastic; timely, appropriate, price was right and my grandfather’s ginger jar is whole for the next generation to enjoy. I recommend the people and organisation.” 

Alison, Private Collector

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O'Sullivan Conservation we provide expert conservation and preservation services that maintain and sustain cultural heritage. If you have a question about a project, give us a call on 0419 380 065 or alternatively fill out the enquiry form and we will get back to you promptly.

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O’Sullivan Conservation acknowledges that we operate and function on the lands of the Darkinjung people.

We respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on this land and commit to building a brighter future together.

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