Abbotsford Convent Talk: Restoration of heritage tiles
Bishops Parlour – Main Convent Building
1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067, Australia
Conservators Talk by Penny Byrne, Contemporary Artist and Conservator.
The heritage tiles on the balcony and community corridor in the main Convent building were recently restored to their former glory by ceramics conservator Penny Byrne and specialist heritage tiler Michael Hathaway. Penny and Michael have over 50 years of combined experience in the conservation of heritage buildings.
In this illustrated talk Penny will explain the process involved in heritage tiles conservation, with some amazing before and after images.
Fully accessible, 16 years and above
Today an engine room of creativity and home to more than 150 artists, writers, thinkers, makers and creators, the Abbotsford Convent was once one of the largest Catholic complexes in Australia. Founded by The Sisters of the Good Shepherd in 1863, the Abbotsford Convent operated as a monastic site until 1975, providing refuge, education and shelter for thousands of women and girls, many of whom lived in the Sacred Heart building and worked in the Magdalen Laundry. Inscribed on the National Heritage List in 2017, the Convent is recognised for demonstrating Australia’s social and welfare history through the lens of a religious and charitable institution. The architectural style of the Convent’s 11 buildings range from French Gothic/Medieval and European Baroque Revival, to the utilitarian early colonial architecture of the original Industrial School. Most buildings were constructed between 1868 and 1908. Whilst the Convent is today a thriving arts and cultural precinct, the Convent’s Magdalen Laundry and asylum buildings are an important physical record for those Australians and their families known as the Forgotten Australians. This year the Laundry has been partly restored this and features in the Open House program for the first time.
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