exhibition condition checks & reports
loans & display conservation
condition surveys & documentation
bespoke care management plans
framing, handling, environment, storage & transport advice
display advice & design
John Piper (d.1992) String Solo, River & Rowing Museum
Working on-site and off, I examine, document and treat easel paintings required for national and international loans. I work with curators, directors, designers and handlers to prepare and install paintings for in-house exhibitions, temporary and permanent. Practical conservation for this purpose ranges from minor stabilisation treatment to full restoration.
loans & display conservation:
I have designed and carried out on-site condition surveys of large and small collections, including 500 of the National Army Museum’s paintings in preparation for removal to off-site storage. Analysis of the findings of such surveys is an invaluable tool in assessing risk, quantifying the future conservation and environmental needs of a collection, in determining the readiness of works of art for display or loan, and for insurance purposes.
After I had been asked to examine more than 200 works of art belonging to Westminster School, I collaborated with the collection manager in planning and carrying out a rolling programme of conservation. I was able to give the School advice on framing, handling and protecting works within a non-museum, multi-purpose setting.