Maïté Le Mens
Maïté Le Mens was born in France where she lived and studies up to 2011. In September 2011, she moved to Australia in September after Brisbane floods. A lot of artworks needed conservation works. Since 2019, Maïté is dual citizen French-Australian.
In 2010, she completed a Master Degree in Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, with a painting major, at the Ecole de Condé in Paris. During her study, she was able to do one year of paper conservation, learn about frame repair, gliding and preventive conservation.
In 2015, she finished her European Master of Fine Art, Restoration of cultural heritage. During her study, she had the privilege of an internship at the Musée du Louvre, the opportunity to intern in private studios in Lyon, Paris, Florence and Syria. For instance, she was involved in a school programme conserving frescos of the 11th-12th centuries and 19th-century icons with Syrian conservators and teachers from the Belgium school La Cambre.
Those different trainings offer Maïté the possibility to have a full understanding of the artworks place in her care.
Maïté is a Professional Member of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM). In other words, peer conservators-restorers and professionals reviewed her qualifications and skills reviewed. Since 2017, Maïté has held the Secretary position of the Queensland Division of AICCM.