Object and materials conservation

Art and Object Handling with John Bracken

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A wide choice of primary training is available in this country in aspects of object care. However, there are relatively few opportunities for conservation professionals to find specialist training in traditional skills and enhance their knowledge of materials and techniques. West Dean College has developed a series of short courses aimed at meeting this training need. This course is designed to offer participants guidance and practice in established methods for the handling, packing, storage and display of paintings and sculpture. The first day begins with discussion of object handling work at West Dean College, followed by a talk and demonstration of audio-visual installations. After touching on the principles of art handling, health and safety and manual lifting, the second day is devoted to transport and packing. The third day deals with picture handling, hanger fitting and storage, and display in a gallery mock-up. The fourth day will concentrate on sculpture. If you work in an institution, museum or gallery, please bring with you a blank example of a painting or sculpture report for discussion. For further information about the course, please contact the Course Organiser: +44 (0)1243 818219 or cpd@westdean.org.uk


John Bracken

OMC Course Leader

John has 30 years' experience in the art world and a strong practical foundation in all aspects of the handling, installation and transit of artworks. He spent 16 years at the Tate, the last five as Operations Manager for their Collection Centre. In 2005 he left the Tate to set up Patina Art Collection Care Ltd.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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