Conservation of Art and Artifacts on Paper


As a conservator of art and artifacts on paper, I treat a wide variety of paper-based items. This includes artworks such as watercolours, drawings or prints, as well as more ephemeral items such as letters, photographs or certificates.
Conservation treatment can enhance and restore the appearance of artworks and also help to ensure their long-term preservation.
I can provide advice on preventative conservation matters, storage, and display, and carry out collection surveys.

The conservation process begins with an assessment of the artifact to draw up a condition report and treatment proposal.
Conservation treatment can include:
• backing removal
• surface cleaning
• wet treatment to reduce acidity and staining
• tear repair and infilling
• retouching.
All work is carried out to professional standards using conservation grade materials and fully documented.

Since completing my training in the UK in 1997 I have worked for a variety of institutions as a Paper Conservator. These include:
• Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
• Antarctic Heritage Trust, Scott Base
• Archives New Zealand, Wellington
• State Library of NSW, Sydney
• International Conservation Services, Sydney
• National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh.

MA Distinction Conservation of Art, Works on Paper (1997) University of Northumbria, England

BA Honours History of Art (1992) Nottingham University, England
Bachelor of Visual Arts, Honours (2013) Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic
Member of New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials (NZCCM)

Member of the New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Material (NZCCM).

Now based in Dunedin, I work as a freelance Paper Conservator based at the Framers Room, and have carried out work for the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Toitū Otago Settlers Museum as well as for private clients.

The Framers Room
Level 2 • 2 Dowling Street Dunedin 9016
03 474 1112
M 027 427 2011

Conservation CV

View PDF of Becky's Conservation CV.