Easel Painting Conservator and Studio manager

We are seeking a full-time Easel Painting Conservator and Studio manager with at least five years working experience in Painting Conservation to join our busy Carlisle, Cumbria studio.

You will be responsible for managing a team of conservators who work across multiple disciplines. In addition to Studio management, you will work on a range of practical treatments and assessments for our private clients, institutions and insurance companies.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Verbal and written assessments, condition reports and treatment proposals.
  • Examination and treatment of historic and artistic paintings, painted surfaces and artefacts in the studio and on-site.
  • Familiarity and adherence to the Icon practices of conservation and museum-quality standards.
  • Varnish removal, re-varnishing, surface cleaning (from dirt, mould etc.), removal of overpainting and retouching of oil paintings and artworks.
  • Repair of complex tears, dents, flaking paint, cracked and warped supports or delamination.
  • Ability to complete routine filling, lining, stretching and in-painting with minimally intrusive techniques.
  • Accurately match colours, paint application appearance and techniques of artists.
  • Cleaning, repair and gilding of frames.
  • Working under your own initiative in a fast-paced team environment.
  • Solve complex treatment issues and work under pressure to meet deadlines whilst upholding confidentiality and ethical standards.
  • Demonstrate sound judgment, risk management and an eye for detail.
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills.
  • Ability to manage people and associated workflow effectively.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

EDUCATION: Degree in Art Conservation, or commensurate conservation apprentice training and experience.

EXPERIENCE: At least 5 years of painting and painted surface conservation. Working knowledge of art history, chemistry, studio art technique and ICON conservation standards are a must.

You will have proven experience of managing a team ensuring that projects are delivered on time, budget and to the expectations of clients and the management team.

COMPANY BENEFITS:

  • This is an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant and ever-growing team, based on the edge of the Lake District.
  • 20 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays

To apply for this position, please email [email protected] with a covering letter and CV addressed to Chris Bull.

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