NCNS Member Field Trip – Conservation in National Art Gallery

On Thursday, March 26, NCNS members participated in the sculpture focused tour of the conservation section of the National Art Gallery.

In a bright and airy laboratory in the National Gallery of Canada, overlooking the Ottawa River, Sheilah Mackinnon, Assistant Conservator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts explained the secrets of being art conservator.

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The great joy of being an art conservator is seeing an object transform itself under your hands and under your care, from something that is a little dicey and hard to look at and obscured, to something that is kind of close to what the artist intended it to look like. That’s very rewarding.”

– John McElhone, Gallery’s chief conservator from Ottawa Citizen’s  article: “Art conservation: The prince of restoring prints”, Aug 15, 2014.

Many thanks to our host in National Art Gallery!

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