Year 2: Frame Conservation projects

Gerry Alabone, the Art School’s Senior Tutor in Wood Conservation and Head of Frame and Furniture Conservation at the National Trust is a leading specialist in historic frames. As well as supervising 3rd year students’  major projects he introduces 2nd year students to the complexities of frame conservation – why complex? Because usually some serious detective work is involved, with layers of history being uncovered, from what might at first appear to be an innocent object.. then there are many things to consider, the carving, types of material used for the gesso layers, the gilding, structural supports etc. Gerry’s wealth of experience from working as the Head of Frame Conservation at the Tate Gallery and his current role at the National Trust clearly prove invaluable…

Wooden Polychromed Christ from a private collection



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