Join a one-day live symposium at the National Portrait Gallery, organised by The Burlington Magazine in partnership with London Art Week.

  • Ondaatje Wing Theatre, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE
  • Explore the full programme and get your tickets below
  • Tickets: £20.00 + booking fee; Concessions (students): £15.00 + booking fee

THE ART OF CONSERVATION:

PRESERVATION, RESTORATION & FRAMING

TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER 2023

10.30 - 17.00 GMT

10.30 - 11.15 GMT

10:30 - 11.00: Registration 

11:00-11.15: Welcome & Introduction by Ed Purvis, Head of Collections Services, National Portrait Gallery

11.15 - 12.30 GMT

HOW STUDY INFORMS PAINTING CONSERVATION PRACTICE

The speakers will be considering how the technical study of paintings informs conservation treatment. They will discuss various methods of analysis and their application to paintings from different time periods, and what the future holds in this area.

Speakers:

Aviva Burnstock, Head of the Department of Art Conservation & Technology, Courtauld Institute

Simon Gillespie, Commercial Conservator

Alexandra Gent, Conservator Paintings (Collections, Special Projects and Exhibitions), National Portrait Gallery

Anna Cooper, Paintings Conservator, Tate

Moderator:

Hayley Tomlinson, Paintings Conservator, The National Gallery

12.30 - 14.00 GMT

Lunch Break

Please retain your admission ticket as you will need it to regain entry to the event.

14.00 - 15.15 GMT

BENEATH THE SURFACE: UNTOLD STORIES FROM THE HISTORY OF CONSERVATION

The panellists will be sharing compelling stories from the history of conservation, including important contributions from women. Each panellist will be presenting their own article from The Burlington's new book 'The Art of Conservation' co-published with Paul Holberton, and a joint discussion will follow. 

The book will be available for sale during the symposium.

Speakers:

Susanna Avery-Quash, Senior Research Curator, The National Gallery

Zahira Véliz Bomford, independent art historian and conservator

Jo Kirby Atkinson, former Scientist at the National Gallery and independent scholar

Moderator: 

Emanuela Tarizzo, art historian and Vice-Chair of London Art Week

15.15 - 15.30 GMT

Break

Please retain your admission ticket as you will need it to regain entry to the event.

15.30 - 16.45 GMT

REFRAMING THE IMAGE: HISTORIC PICTURE FRAMES & THEIR CHANGING FASHIONS

Twenty-seven years after the UK's first exhibition devoted to picture frames was held at the National Portrait Gallery, Lynn Roberts and Paul Mitchell - authors of Frameworks, Form, Function & Ornament and A History of European Picture Frames - are joined by the National Gallery's head of framing for a critical look at the ways in which the fashions for frames have changed wildly over the course of the past half-millennium.

Speakers:

Paul MitchellPaul Mitchell Ltd - Antique and handmade replica frames

Lynn Roberts, art historian, editor and lead author of The Frame Blog

Peter Schade, Head of Framing, The National Gallery

Moderator:

Matthew Reeves, Director, Sam Fogg

16.45 - 17.00 GMT

Conclusions by:

Michael Hall, The Burlington Magazine


Location

For any questions on the programme or the tickets please contact: mail@londonartweek.co.uk.



Infra-red photograph of detail of Arnolfini's hand from Portrait of
Giovanni(?) Arnolfini and his wife
, by Jan van
Eyck. 1434. Oil on panel, 82.2 by 60 cm. (©
National Gallery, London) showing change of
position of the hand between drawing and
painting, the painted hand only partly
obscuring the drawing as it is thinly painted.

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