Glass balls: inside the world of Conservation

Last week Andy Ball (Exhibitions Officer) provided a great workshop on ‘Art Handling’ for young people. This was to prepare them for installing the Writers of Influence show and Andy showed them around the Conservation area. We had a look at some tiny glass balls used to fill out holes in damaged paintings and Alex had a look through a huge microscope that Conservators use to see the warp and weft of canvas. There was a tour of the gallery stores and the young people said that the most interesting aspect of the day had been finding out about other career paths within the art field.

Andy Ball (Exhibitions Officer) delivered a workshop on 'Art Handling' prior to the Writers of Influence exhibition being installed

Andy Ball (Exhibitions Officer) delivered a workshop on 'Art Handling' prior to the Writers of Influence exhibition being installed

As part of todays blog, Rebecca Moisan (Conservator) has provided her top tips for art handling:

1. Always check your route before-hand to make sure that it is free of obstacles.

2. Never carry an object that is too heavy by yourself – always ask fo help!

3. Talk to the person that you are carrying out the handling with, so that you both know exactly what you are going to do.

4. If you are handling a gilded frame or work of art on paper you should always wear cotton gloves to avoid the transfer of grease from your fingers onto the work of art.

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