Promoting research and best practice in the conservation of artworks is a key aim of our work at the Kelvin Centre – as highlighted, for example, by our work on the Getty Foundation’s Conserving Canvas Initiative.
We are very excited to continue our work with colleagues at the Hunterian on Hoyland and Hamilton: Conservation Research, an exhibition at the Hunterian Art Gallery during which visitors can experience ongoing public conservation work on two of the largest paintings in the Hunterian collection.
Join us to learn first hand about the important work of conservation and to understand the roles played by technical examination, art historical research, and reconstruction.
The two paintings in question are Hector’s Farewell to Andromache painted by Gavin Hamilton between 1774 and 1786, and 18-6-69 painted by John Hoyland in 1969. These highlight some of the differences in technique and materials used by artists to create their works. Such differences may over time place different demands on their conservation.
Hazel Neill, the conservator working with us on these two paintings, also previously worked on another of Gavin Hamilton’s paintings, The Abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots, which is on currently display as part of The Afterlife of Mary, Queen of Scots exhibition.
The Hoyland and Hamilton: Conservation Research exhibition runs from 11 October 2022 until 5 February 2023, and admission is free.