Sabine Cotte started her career in art conservation in 1985. After graduating from Institut Français de Restauration des Oeuvres d’Art in Paris she worked in France for 11 years before migrating to Australia with her family in 2001.

During her years of practice in France she has worked on an great variety of paintings ranging from European XIVth to XIXth century, to modern and contemporary world-renowned artists (Modigliani, Soulages, Buren). The projects include preserving three dimensional installations in various media and techniques, treating XVIIIth century painting ensembles heavily damaged in a fire, preparing exhibitions for Museum of Modern Art from Paris to Japan, or cleaning delicate XVIIth century Dutch paintings on copper.

In Australia her conservation projects include complex treatment of a very damaged early Arthur Boyd for Heide Museum of Modern Art, delicate cleaning, tear repair and inpainting of artworks by colonial artist Eugene von Guerard and Frederick McCubbin, treatments on modern and contemporary paintings (Ian Fairweather, Charles Blackman, Clarice Beckett, Brett Whiteley) and treatment of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal paintings (Brook Andrew, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Judy Watson, Janet Forrester). She has recently conserved several public mural paintings and mosaics from Melbourne’s iconic artist Mirka Mora, in close collaboration with the artist.

Her interest in Himalayan art started in 1992 in Bhutan with a project of handbook on preventive conservation of temples and artworks, sponsored by the Royal Government of Bhutan and UNESCO. This project won a Rolex Award for Enterprise in 1996 and the handbook is still in use in the region. Since then she has led several UNESCO workshops in the Himalayas, participated in local sustainable conservation projects in remote areas, trained conservation students in Taiwan and published several papers in international conservation congresses and journals.



Tibetan thangka
Himalaya 19th century
Private collection, Victoria

During cleaning
Sabine Cotte