DR Nicole Tse

DR Nicole Tse


  • Conservation of Paintings (Tropical Climates)
  • Non-invasive analysis of cultural materials (Museum and non museum environments)



  • Dr Nicole Tse is part of the research and teaching team at the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne. My research has focused on the development and support of regionally relevant conservation approaches for works of art in tropical Southeast Asia, under the auspices of APTCCARN (Asia Pacific Tropical Climate Conservation Art Research Network, www.aptccaern.com). In 2017, I was an IIAS Affiliated Fellow at the University of Leiden, Netherlands (Sept-Nov 2017), and co-convened a meeting on ‘Natural disasters and cultural heritage in the Philippines: Knowledge sharing, decision making and conservation’, Tagbilaran City and Towns on the island of Bohol, the Philippines with National Museum of the Philippines (NMP), Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA) (www.aptccarn.com/5th-meeting). With a strong commitment to cultural materials conservation in tropical climates, I am a co-founding member of APTCCARN and have co-convened four international meetings in Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines since 2009, with a membership growing to over 100 members drawn from institutions across the Asia Pacific and active collaborations.

    Since 2013, I have been the Chief Editor of the AICCM Bulletin, the Australia Institute for Cultural Materials Conservation’s peer reviewed journal published by Routledge Taylor and Francis. In the recent 10 years I have 38 publications: 16 journal articles (10 peer reviewed), 10 conference proceedings (8 peer reviewed), 5 book chapters (5 peer reviewed), and 7 editorials (and a further 10 papers in submission in peer reviewed outlets). In 2016 I was awarded the AICCM Conservator of the Year, and in 2015 the AICCM Award for an ‘Outstanding Service to cultural materials research’ (with R Sloggett and role in the ARC Linkage Proposal ‘The Twentieth Century in paint’).


Member of

  • Museums Australia Green Museum Project. Member 2016 -
  • Asia Pacific Twentieth Century Conservation Art Research Network (APTCCARN). Founding Member 2008 -
  • ICOM Committee for Conservation. Member 2007 -
  • Australian Institute for Conservation. Member 1994 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • IIAS Affiliated Fellow, International Institute of Asian Studies, University of Leiden, Netherlands, September- November 2017.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2010
  • B. App. Sc., University of Canberra 1997
  • B.Ed. (Visual Arts), University of Melbourne 1992

Awards and honors

  • Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) Conservator of the Year, 2016
  • AICCM Research Award for Outstanding Research in the Field of Material Conservation, ARC 20th Century in Paint project (R Sloggett with N Tse)., 2013
  • 2013 Endeavour Executive Award (DIISRTE), 2012
  • ARC Post Doctorate Fellowship, 2009
  • Travel Grant, Ian Potter Foundation, 2006
  • Australia Endeavour Cheung Kong Award, 2005
  • Australia Postgraduate Award (Industry), Australia Research Council, 2002
  • Cultural Centre of the Philippines, Asialink Arts Management Residency, 1999



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Since 1999, I have had a strong and ongoing commitment to the culture and materials conservation profession, particularly in the Asia Pacific region as protocols for the conservation of our cultural record are largely derived from research undertaken in the Northern Hemisphere. My research aims to develop regionally relevant conservation solutions based on the unique materials and techniques identified in works of art in Southeast Asia, their deterioration mechanisms according to tropical climatic conditions, and diverse values, authorship and capacity in the region, with a number of PhD and minor thesis supervisions in this area.