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‘Becoming a Conservator’ – The Hamilton Kerr Institute and Educating the Next Generation of Paintings Conservators Rupert Featherstone Thursday 10 October 2019

The Hamilton Kerr Institute is one of the world’s leading centres for teaching and research in the conservation of easel paintings, and the prestigious and intensive postgraduate course is an essential path to follow for those pursuing a career in paintings conservation. The valuable support of TASC in providing bursaries has helped enable two very promising students to pursue their dream of a career in conservation. Both will join HKI Director Rupert Featherstone to present the work they have done during the first year of the three-year postgraduate Diploma. Rupert will introduce the
educational work of the HKI and explain how the training is structured. The two students, Rowan Frame and Joanna Neville, will then talk about their technical reconstructions of ‘old master’ paintings using authentic materials and a variety of techniques. This vital component of the first year of their course gives them a deep understanding of the materials and methods used by artists of the past. Finally, Rupert will highlight some of the other conservation work and research that students undertake during their training.