New Friends programme starts

FRIENDS of Hospitalfield House will have a unique glimpse into the collected art work next week at a special talk.

The very first of the talks for the Friends of Hospitalfield House will be held on April 17 and is entitled ‘The Challenges of Painting Conservation’ by Henry Matthews.

The programme of talks is designed to give the Hospitalfield volunteers an insight into the preservation of the collection through talks by expert curators and specialist conservators.

Henry will be tackling the problem of conserving easel paintings with special reference to the Hospitalfield collection.

A director of Dundee conservation firm, Egan, Matthews & Rose, he is an accredited conservator with the Institute of Conservation.

It is Henry’s task to use science, art history and artistic skill to preserve a work in the truest sense and requires the use of a range of authentic techniques and materials.

Henry and his fellow conservators at Egan, Matthews & Rose have advised on or treated works from a number of collections including The Royal Collection, The Scottish Parliament and The National Trust for Scotland to name but a few.

Canapes will be provided and there will be drinks available for the talk which will run from 6.30 to 8.30 p.m.

Entry is free to Friends of Hospitalfield House, but is £5 to non-members which is refunded if you sign up to the programme.

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