Lauren Minchington

Lauren Minchington teaches Historic Decorative Surfaces Techniques as part of the Decorative Surfaces Fellowship, which is supported by the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers. The Fellowship focuses on historic techniques such as gilding, fresco painting, trompe l’oeil and scagliola and provides specialist training in traditional processes with professional mentoring from the Company.

Lauren is a freelance restorer and specialist decorator. Her background in fine art has informed her range of skills and experience within the decorative arts and led to working on major restoration and conservation projects.

Her introduction to decorative arts was working on the redecoration of the ceiling at The Vintner’s Livery Company Hall, learning skills such as gilding and stencilling. For four months she worked in Italy decorating an 18th century Villa in Bolgheri, Tuscany, working alongside Tuscan painters in traditional techniques such as colour washing, trompe l’oeil and mural painting, developing a true understanding of and sensitivity to colour in decoration. Other projects have included The Queen’s Sovereign Robing Room in The House of Lords, woodgraining at The Lanesborough Hotel, London, casting and gilding the figure head for The Royal Jubilee Barge, and hand painting a John Sutcliffe and Alasdair Peebles design for the master bathroom of Stargroves House, Newbury. Furthermore, she has supervised the redecoration and restoration of the original Stephane Boudin paint scheme of the Leeds Castle Library, Kent, and project managed the restoration and conservation of the John Fowler/Nancy Lancaster interior paint scheme of Kelmarsh Hall, Northampton.

Lauren currently works for Antony Gormley as a studio assistant focusing on the restoration and finishing of metal works. Within her fine art practice, her interest lies in the manipulation of surfaces.


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