Collaborations & Loans

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Witness Collection could not achieve its objectives without important collaborations with capable institutions and talented individuals. At present, cooperations are ongoing in Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, UK and US.

To support the presentation of Vietnamese modern, contemporary and wartime visual arts, starting in the 1980s, Witness Collection has assembled one of the most extensive archives on the subject available anywhere. This continually growing resource includes thousands of photographs, hundreds of hours of video and thousands of documents and books.

To achieve a prime objective of bringing far more of the most significant Vietnamese art works into public view, Witness Collection is keen to continue to support and develop collaborative relationships. For appropriate projects and exhibitions, Witness Collection is able to make works available on loan from its collection or assist with research. It also has close relationships with other collections and individuals holding important art works. Please contact us with details about your project or interest in collaboration and we will be pleased to follow up with you.

In 2005, Witness Collection initiated a collaboration with the Conservation Unit of the Northumbria University’s School of Arts and Social Sciences in the UK. The first phase of the research project was to determine why the condition of Vietnamese paintings deteriorated far more rapidly than equivalent paintings in other countries. What was found was surprising. The second phase of the research was to determine how to stabilise the paintings and reverse their deterioration, without affecting their appearance. This ground-breaking research has been the subject of widespread interest in the art conservation community and far beyond, and had never been undertaken before for art works from Southeast Asia. This successful collaboration with Northumbria University continues. More details are available on the website of Asiarta Foundation.

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Conservation research collaboration with Northumbria University, UK

Silk paintings by Nguyễn Thị Châu Giang on loan at Singapore Art Museum 2008

Lacquer painting exhibition loan