Our Guest Speaker for the KAS 1st May 2018 meeting – Alan Lloyd – Retired Head of Conservation NSWAG.
Retired Head of Conservation NSWAG.
How a “boy from Wangi ‘ ended up as Head of conservation at AGNSW.
Alan spent his childhood at a small town called WANGI WANGI .
Wangi is situated on the western side of Lake Macquarie ..just south of Newcastle .
The local High school at Morisset only went to the Intermediate Certificate . Alans dad wanted him to do the Leaving certificate and to attend a Technical High School so as to learn the Manual Arts ..so he went to Newcastle Technical High School .
This meant he had to travel for 2 hours to/from school each day ! For 6 years . He got his Leaving certificate in 1960
At that time it was extremely hard to get employment . Eventually he managed to get a boring job as a Clerk at Newcastle Gas Company . (. which he did for 3 years )
Which meant he had to still commute 2 hours each way ..but by this time he was used to it .!
Alan enrolled in an introductory painting course cat Newcastle technical College ..he did that for one night per week for 3 years .
After that he managed to get “the job of his dreams !” As a trainee Restorer at the Art Gallery of NSW . This was 1963 .
He qualified as a Conservator. In 1966.
In 1969 he did a 6 month post grad internship at The Victoria and Albert museum in London .
From there he did a 6 week internship at the National Library in Florence, Italy .
Alan returned to the Art Gallery of NSW. .
In 1977 his boss, Bill Boustead , retired . Alan was promoted to the position of HEAD OF CONSERVATION. . He filled this position until his retirement at the end of 2008 .
In addition to that position he was EXHIBITIONS CONSERVATOR. ..meaning he was responsible for all Conservation aspects of every exhibition touring to the Art Gallery .. a major responsibility
He was Head of Conservation for 31 years And all up working as a conservator at AGNSW for 45 years !!
THIS IS AN ALL TIME RECORD in the entire. Staff history for the Art Gallery .