Polly Bennett: Decorative Surfaces Fellow 2018/19

www.pollybennett.com instagram.com/polben.art BA Fine Art alumna and current Painter-Stainers Decorative Surfaces fellow Polly Bennett discusses her interests in environmentalism, amateur scientific enquiry, memory, her reflections on rural environments, and her work with pigment. Polly started making her own pigments during the second year of her Fine Art degree at the Art School, following a research […]

Takumi Kato: Artist in Residence 2018

Takumi Kato, CGLAS Artist in Residence 2018, has recently published a reflection of his residency, in association with Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo. Following a period of research and exploration during which he attended conservation workshops, visited the lab at Winsor & Newton, and further studied Cennino Cennini’s treatise on the medieval painter’s materials and techniques, […]

Symposium preview: Onya McCausland

Our keynote speaker at this year’s symposium is artist and Leverhulme Early Career Researcher at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, Onya McCausland, who joins us to discuss: Turning landscape into colour. onyamccausland.comwww.instagram.com/onyamccauslandcargocollective.com/turninglandscapeintocolour Onya McCausland’s practice consists of paintings, murals, installation and land art. Her work is concerned with how specific materials and processes can […]

Symposium preview: Simon Wright

We are pleased to announce that Director of Programming at Japan House London, Simon Wright be be joining us at the symposium to discuss ‘kasane’, the Japanese concept and practice of layering colours, in conjunction with a new exhibition currently on display at JHL. www.japanhouselondon.uk/whats-on/living-colourswww.instagram.com/japanhouseldn The exhibition highlights the work of the Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop […]

Symposium preview: Donatella Banti

Paintings conservator Donatella Banti joins the sympsoium programme, presenting a recent study – Water sensitive modern oil paints: a molecular study of representative oil paints. Developments in 20th century artists’ oil paint manufacture and composition, such as the use of additives and extenders, has led to new conservation challenges for the treatment modern oil paintings. […]

Symposium preview: Amikam Toren

Our latest addition to the programme is Amikam Toren (City & Guilds of London Art School). www.anthonyreynolds.com/amikam_toren Toren’s seminal work ‘Neither a Teapot nor a Painting’ was the first of his works to address the idea of representation within the discipline of painting. He grinds the titular teapot into a powder to create a pigment […]

Symposium preview: Cerys Fry

Now added to the symposium programme is paintings conservator Cerys Fry, who will be presenting an investigation into the materials and techniques of the grotesque paintings on panels in the Cartoon Gallery at Knole House. Due to the large-scale building restoration project that the National Trust is undertaking at Knole House, conservators have had a […]

Symposium preview: Dr Tracey Chaplin & Alison Seed

Our next preview of the symposium comes from two of our own Conservation tutors, Dr Tracey Chaplin (Microscopy and Technical Examination) and Alison Seed (History of Pigments and Microscopy), who will be presenting A Case Study of Two Paintings Affected by Mould and their Technical Analysis. www.cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk/dr-tracy-chaplinwww.cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk/alison-seed Two large early twentieth-century paintings at The Palace […]

Symposium preview: Bea Haines & Mark Cann

We are pleased to add to the symposium programme a presentation from multidisciplinary artist Bea Haines, who will be joined by Mark Cann, Chief Chemist at ColArt, to discuss “The Material Body”. www.instagram.com/beatricehaineswww.beatricehaines.com Fascinated by the innate meaning and symbolism behind everyday matter, visual artist Bea Haines uses a broad spectrum of materials in the […]

Symposium preview: Kirsty Walsh

Our second symposium preview comes from Kirsty Walsh, Conservation Studio Manager at Orbis Conservation, and current MA Conservation student at City & Guilds of London Art School, who will be presenting an analysis of early paint schemes of Royal Naval figureheads from the 19th Century. www.instagram.com/orbis_conservation We are used to seeing ship figureheads painted in […]