- John Bracken Profile
- Lyndsey Morgan Profile
With thirty years experience in the art world, John Bracken has a strong practical foundation in all aspects of the handling, installation and transit of artworks. He spent sixteen years at Tate, the last five as Operations Manager for their Collection Centre. In 2005 he left Tate to found, with Lyndsey Morgan, Patina Art Collection Care Limited.
He has managed the installation of artworks for numerous museum and gallery exhibitions as well as in commercial and private settings. Highlights include installing ten years of Turner prizes, couriering and installing the ‘100 Masterpieces of British Art’ from Tate, to Tokyo Metropolitan Museum and the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe. He has extensive experience of working closely with artists, art-handling technicians, conservators, couriers, registrars, exhibitions and curatorial staff, and is used to working to tight deadlines.
John is well acquainted with the legal requirements for Health and Safety, and routinely carries out method statements and risk assessments for art installation. He often provides training for art-handling technicians and couriers, and is Course Leader at the Art and Object Handling course at West Dean College.
Lyndsey Morgan is an accredited conservator of sculpture. She has over twenty years of experience, eleven of which were spent working as a sculpture conservator at Tate before becoming a Co-Director at Patina Art Collection Care Limited.
Lyndsey has worked with a wide range of sculpture and objects and is familiar with the variety of materials that this involves. She has restored sculptures by artists including Barbara Hepworth, Jeff Koons, Eduardo Paolozzi, Allen Jones, Henry Moore and Naum Gabo.
She is highly experienced in the museum and gallery environment and often works as an exhibition conservator, condition checking and advising on packing and display. She is a seasoned courier and is experienced in collections surveys.
Her work at Tate involved a number of different projects including the movement of the entire sculpture collection to a new storage facility. She was also Senior Conservator, managing preparation and installation of all sculpture for the opening of Tate Modern.
After gaining a first degree in Archaeological Conservation from the University of Cardiff, Lyndsey was awarded an M Phil from the Royal College of Art / Victoria & Albert Museum Conservation Course with a thesis that focussed on the chemical and visual characterisation of artificial patinas on bronze sculpture.
Lyndsey has presented and published papers on her work at a number of international conferences and often gives talks for students and members of the public.
Examples of published papers
‘Exploring Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning of Plastic Sculptures’. A paper given at the conference ‘Plastics – Looking at the Future & Learning from the Past’, Victoria & Albert Museum, London. (2007)
‘Saving The New generation for the Next Generation’ A paper given at The International Institute for Conservation 50th Anniversary Congress ‘Tradition and Innovation, Advances in Conservation’. IIC Conference (2000). Melbourne, Australia.
The restoration of ‘Chair (1969) by Allen Jones’ in ‘Material Matters – The Conservation of Modern Sculpture’ ed: Jackie Heuman, Tate Gallery Publishing. (1999). ISBN 1 85437 2882