The Painting + Restoration Studio specialises in the conservation and restoration of paintings, surveys and collections care, as well as commissioned works of art.
Senior conservator Brian McLaughlin holds a BA (Hons) degree in Drawing and Painting from Glasgow School of Art, a post-graduate MA Fine Art Conservation degree from the University of Northumbria and is also an ACR accredited paintings conservator through the Institute of Conservation (ICON). This conservation practice is included in the Conservation Register, maintained by the Institute of Conservation. Brian McLaughlin has over ten years experience with private and public conservation institutions as well as international experience.
The aim of the studio is to be accessible to the wider public as well as private collections, galleries, museums and large institutions. The working practice of the studio is spectrum wide, ranging from restoring small disfiguring scratches to treating large extensive cosmetic and structural damages.
When approaching any conservation project, the studio’s aim is to treat all works of art as sensitively as is workable. Reversibility is the cornerstone of studio practice and the studio will approach the problem with as non-interventive an approach as possible, whilst maintaining the necessary highest conservation standards combined with high quality work to enable repair and preservation.
The studio supports a ‘Picture Clinic’ where members of the public have the opportunity to talk to an experienced accredited conservator about the condition of their paintings.