Bali Art & Heritage Conservation Internship Program #BAHCIP

In mid-2021 a group of alumni of the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation co-organised the Bali Art & Heritage Conservation Internship Program (#BAHCIP). Developed by Saiful Bakhri, Masters of Cultural Conservation 2018 and winner of a Rising Star Alumni Award in 2020, together with Gadis Fitriana Putri, Lia Sumichan and Laila Nurul Fitrani, the program included an immersive, in-country conservation program for Indonesian students and an online lecture series for Indonesian and Grimwade Centre students to develop peer to peer links and learn from Indonesian heritage professionals.

The lecture series also featured alumni Grace Barrand, Selina Halim and Nicole Tse from the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation; and Sandra Sardjono, founder of Tracing Patterns Foundation; Kristal Hale, a conservation fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met); Tjokorda Bagus Astika of Museum Puri Lukisan; and I Nengah Suarya of Museum Pustaka Lontar.

The in-person internships then took place at the Museum Pustaka Lontar and Museum Puri Lukisan on Bali.

You can read more about the internships, participants, custodians, programs and activities in September’s AICCM (Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material) Newsletter and see a short video with participant interviews above.

BAHCIP is generously funded by the Australian Government through Australian Alumni Grant Scheme and administered by Australia Awards in Indonesia.

Feature image: BAHCIP students participating in the internships on Bali. Still from YouTubeBAHCIP students participating in the internships on Bali, 2021. Still from YouTube