VIVA: final oral exam of our 3rd year student

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8 members of the jury were assessing the objects before the oral exams

Ines Bravo presented a Plaster bust of Alicia Markova and a 17th C Footstool from Knole House

Anais Vlahakis presented the conservation of a Monument to Marie Corelli and a Sunderland Frame from the Valence House Museum

Lucinda Barnes presented the conservation of a part of a set of Composition Ornament Pressing Moulds and a Marble Hearth of William Morris Gallery

India Carpenter presented the conservation of a Clouet Frame and Beacon of Youth Maquette by Dorian Crone

Jasmin Mackenzie presented the conservation of a Indian Torador Muskets and a plaster of a Head of an Angel of the Victoria & Albert Museum

Sam Parkash presented the conservation of a Rococco Wall Bracket and Plaster Cast of the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Hannah Winn presented the conservation of a Neo-Classical Portrait Frame Late 18th / Early 19th Century and Pair of Medieval Sandstone Heads.

Sam and Hannah did not wish to be photographed during their VIVA.

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We are thrilled to announce that Senior Stone Carving Tutor Nina Bilbey is the 2017 recipient of the Prince Philip Medal, awarded by the City & Guilds of London Institute.

First presented in 1962, the medal is awarded to one annual recipient who has displayed outstanding individual achievement in science, technology and industrial development, or who has demonstrated exceptional proficiency in workplace skills.

Nina was selected for her tremendous leadership as both a stone carver and teacher, and the award was presented by HRH Princess Anne at St James’s Palace on 8 June 2017. As stated in the ceremony proceedings: ‘As well as truly walking the City & Guilds path in her own right, Nina is continually helping many others to do the same. As a guardian of our historic buildings her work will stand tall for centuries to come and generations of craftspeople will follow in her footsteps guided by her inspiration and teaching.’ Indeed, this legacy was apparent elsewhere in the ceremony, as one of her former students Felix Handley (Diploma Stone Carving 2016) was awarded the prize from the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers.

Nina has been an integral and inspirational part of the Art School community for many years and we wish her many congratulations on this worthy achievement.

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Final Year Conservation Students Research Symposium
Wednesday 7 June, 10.00 am – 12.30 pm
Victoria & Albert Museum Lecture Theatre

All are welcome to this annual event which will showcase the original research of our graduating Conservation Students. Presentations will include:

Ines Bravo, Comparison of Matting Agents for Synthetic Varnishes Used on Decorative Surfaces

India Carpenter, A Development of a New Methodology for Recording and Monitoring the Condition of 3D Cultural Heritage

Jasmin Mackenzie, A Review of Current Applications of Additive Manufacture in Conservation and Investigation into the Sustainability of Use

Sam Parkash, An Investigation into the Effect of Aqueous Cleaning Gels on the Surface Appearance of Wood with a Wax Coating

Anais Vlahakis, Investigation into the Compatibility of a Lightweight Expanded Glass Aggregate for Lime Mortar

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The Art School is seeking a part-time Technician for its thriving Historic Carving Department. Working 3 days per week during term time, you will assist the Head Tutors for Stone and Wood carving in the day-to-day running of the workshops , studios and facilities. As, ideally, a qualified carver or a practitioner with relevant experience of working in a studio environment you will provide technical support for the Diploma and Post-Graduate courses. Responsibilities will include mentoring students in the use of tools and materials; providing support for teaching and project activity; and studio organisation and maintenance. You will also work with the Art School’s Site Manager to ensure that Health & Safety regulations and practices within the Carving Department are implemented and monitored.

The Art School is committed to high levels of contact time with expert professionals and access to a wide range of specialist resources. This means that besides access to the Carving facilities students are also supported by the wider technical team with workshops for wood, metalwork, casting, glass and print among other resources. You will therefore be a valued member of both the Historic Carving Department and the Art School’s wider technical team.

For more information about the post and to download an application form please see the website links below. For more information about the Historic Carving department please visit www.cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk/diploma-in-architectural-stone-carving-2 http://www.cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk/post-graduate-diploma-stone/

Application Submission Deadline: Midnight of Friday 23 June 2017

Please download below the Job Description, Person Specification and application form for the Historic Carving technician position via the links below.

Should you have queries please contact jobs@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk

Job Description
City Guilds Art School Job Application Form
Person Specification

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City and Guilds of London Art School is seeking to appoint a lecturer to join its Art Histories Department. We are seeking a motivated and experienced colleague committed to the delivery of high quality teaching within the area of modern and contemporary fine art history and visual culture. Effective communication skills are essential as is an understanding of art history from the perspective of the artist. The successful candidate will be flexible in their approach and able to deliver the school’s curriculum to students across levels 4-7. The colleague will also be required to participate in assessment, carry out minor administrative tasks, and attend meetings and working groups within the School.

Please download below the Job Description, Person Specification and application form for the Art Histories Sessional Tutor position via the links below.

Application Deadline: Sunday 18th June 2017 at midnight

Should you have queries please contact jobs@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk.

Person Specification
Job Description
City Guilds Art School Job Application Form

 

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Mould 19th C from a private collection

The mould has to be cleaned with brushes only but Lucinda might use Benzyl alcohol next week.

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Gerry Alabone and Meredith Thomas

Mel Gibson

Loli McIlvenny

Sayuri Morio

Jeanne Callanan

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Wooden Polychromed Christ from a private collection

 

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Japanned corner cabinet from a private collection

Removing the old varnish.

Consultation with wood conservation tutor Sophie Barton.

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We are delighted to announce that two of our 2016 graduates, Amanda Mostrom (BA Hons Fine Art) and Tom Platt (MA Fine Art), have been selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017. They are among 47 artists from around the country selected by judges George Shaw, Caroline Achaintre and Elizabeth Price. Running since 1949, this is one of the most prestigious and competitive awards for emerging artists in the UK and we are thrilled that they have been selected. The show will open in Newcastle later in the year before touring to London.

Huge congratulations to both Tom and Amanda!


Superman, 2016 Oil on canvas 150 x 90 cm

Welcome to the Common Ground, 2016 Bronze, sheepskin, steel, wood and synthetic hemp rope Dimensions variable

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Heraldic Cartouche, 1696

 

Technical analysis in progress, the material is unknown but we think it may be papier-mâché with a thick pigmented varnish.

Here with wood conservation tutor Sophie Barton.

The heraldry on the centre shield is likely to be the Coat of Arms for Henry Sydney Earl of Romney, youngest son of Robert 2ndEarl of Leicester. He was Master General of the Ordnance under King William III and marked any warlike stores with his crest (The Broad Arrow or Pheon) which became, and still, is the Ordnance Mark on Government property.

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Neolithic or Medieval red sandstones heads from a private collection

Testing consolidation treatment and designing a stand to be on display

 

 

British Neo Classic Frame end 18th/beginning 19th C. of a portrait of Mrs Sowdley Eyton from a private collection

This week Hannah was finding match for ochre on frame, sanding the fills and test new gold to gild missing parts by toning.

She had successfully clean the old building with Tri-ammonium nitrite.

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Musket 1 Siege of Dehli (India) from a private collection

Finishing coating the steel with Paraloid B8n and fixed some badly degraded metal using Japanese tissue and zinc to support the damage

 

Plaster Cast Angel playing flute(repro 187-25) from Victoria & Albert Museum

This week Jasmin had been replacing the lost piece of drapery and finger with a reversible plaster fill recessed.

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Silver Frame 16th Century from a private collection

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Gilding and integration my fills Butvar b-98 with Microballoon and Whiting

 

Burnishing on a test panel

 

Frame varnished and drying in the fuming cabinet

 

Contemporary model of a statue from a private collection

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Bust of Ballerina Alicia Markova from Laine Theatre Arts

Paint consolidate acrylic emulsion brushed on entire bust to consolidate the paint and to work as a protective coating

 

Footstole from Knole House

The top cover that was partially lifted is now nailed back with its original tacks that were cleaned and coated earlier in the week.

Inpainting the distracting areas of loss to the paint scheme.

 

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Sunderland Frame from Valence House Museum in Dagenham

Applying gesso in preparation of to the integration of the replacements to the original decorative scheme

Frame consolidation of frame fraction with fish glue

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Angel of Marie Corelli’s grave from Stratford-upon-Avon

Cleaning the statue in preparation of fills with Lime Mortar toned with pigments to match the colour of the stone

Replace missing fingers with Carrara marble integrating the colour to match the weathered of marble with stain.

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The Art School’s new annual programme, Material Matters, sets out to explore a specific material that crosses the school through a range of approaches.

For the inaugural year, we have chosen to focus on wood. To start our thinking we invited three of the Art School’s expert practitioners – Gerry Alabone, David MacDiarmid and Dick Onians – to engage in a conversation facilitated by Principal Tamiko O’Brien.

An edited transcript of their discussion can be viewed here. If you would like a hard copy, please contact j.catalano@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk.

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HISTORIC CARVING OPEN HOUSE
CITY & GUILDS OF LONDON ART SCHOOL
Friday 5 May, 10.00 – 7.00
Saturday 6 May, 10.00 – 5.00

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The Art School is delighted to be participating in London Craft Week for a second year.

On 5-6 May, we will open our doors for our second Historic Carving Open House, free and open to the public. All are welcome! Events feature:
– Gilding demonstrations
– Open woodworking studios
– A chance to try your hand at stone carving
– Special demonstrations by visiting specialists from the Tokyo University of the Arts Historic Sculpture Conservation Lab
– A reunion for Historic Carving Alumni on Saturday from 2.30 to 5.00 pm (RSVP to rsvp@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk)

A centrepiece of the weekend will be a live carving competition, in which students have 11 hours to carve an original work on the subject ‘Overground/Underground: London Stations Past and Present’.

Please click here for a programme with detailed timings.

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