Date(s) - 28/06/2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Art Workers Guild
We look forward to welcoming you at the Art Workers’ Guild for an evening talk by Julia Nagle and Lyndsey Morgan who will present:
Conservation of a contemporary, mixed media artwork: A collaborative project involving the artist, fabricators, and conservators from three different areas
This presentation discusses issues arising in the conservation of contemporary art in the private sector using a real example, a freestanding hinged and lacquered screen by an important contemporary artist. The artwork developed severe damage when a section of lacquer cracked and delaminated from the bottom of one of the panels, taking paint with it. This significantly compromised its pristine appearance, and preliminary observations suggested that restoration using traditional techniques was highly unlikely to be successful. Initial contact with the artist led to negotiation with the original fabricator’s studio. This highlighted the challenges involved in reinstating the badly damaged paint and resin using an approach that would still be acceptable within the code of ethics of the conservation profession, and the potential problems of collaborating with experts who are not conservators.
This will be an extended version of the paper given by the authors at the IIC conference in Los Angeles in 2016.
Julia Nagle established her independent conservation studio in 2009, building on twenty years’ experience in the profession. After gaining her MA in Conservation in 1992, Julia spent ten years working for the Hamilton Kerr Institute at the University of Cambridge, where she conserved and restored paintings from public collections including the Royal Collection and National Trust. Since then Julia has specialised increasingly in the conservation of modern and contemporary paintings, including working for Tate Modern in 2003-4 and 2007-8.
The practice has grown since moving to new, larger premises in Wood Green in 2016. Inspired by two years spent teaching conservation theory at University College London, and experience at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, Julia has taken on a number of freelance assistants and interns. She has been accredited by ICON since 2006 and in 2009 was appointed an ICON Assessor for Professional Accreditation.
Lyndsey Morgan is an accredited conservator of sculpture. She has twenty seven years of experience, eleven of which were spent working as a sculpture conservator at Tate before becoming a Co-Director at Patina Art Collection Care Limited.
Lyndsey has worked with a wide range of modern and contemporary sculpture and is familiar both with the issues and the variety of materials that this involves. She has restored sculptures by artists including Barbara Hepworth, Jeff Koons, Eduardo Paolozzi, Allen Jones, Henry Moore and Naum Gabo.
After gaining a first degree in Archaeological Conservation from the University of Cardiff, Lyndsey was awarded an M Phil from the Royal College of Art / Victoria & Albert Museum Conservation Course with a thesis that focussed on the chemical and visual characterisation of artificial patinas on bronze sculpture.
She now works on projects for wide range of clients both in the private and public sector.
Entry is free of charge to members of the BAPCR and £10 for non-members. Wine and soft drinks will be available to purchase before and after the talk.