About Us

Patina specialises in the care and installation of artworks and art objects. Our highly experienced team, trained to museum standard, provides complete and expert services in all aspects of art handling, conservation and restoration. Our services and training programmes can be tailored to your specific requirements, and we are on hand to provide help and advice whenever you need it.

John Bracken -
John Bracken - Director
John Bracken - Director

With 39 years of 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 now provides consultation and practical installation services for numerous museum and gallery exhibitions as well as in commercial and private settings. Highlights include the reinstallation of Kettle’s Yard House in Cambridge and installing the ’El Greco to Goya’ exhibition at The Wallace Collection. He has extensive experience 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 risk assessments and method statements for art installation. He is a seasoned and experienced international courier for institutions and private clients. He regularly provides tailored training for art-handling technicians and couriers and is Course Leader for the Art and Object Handling course at West Dean College.

Lyndsey Morgan -
Lyndsey Morgan - Director
Lyndsey Morgan - Director

Lyndsey has over 30 years of experience as a conservator and has specialised in sculpture since 1992; she worked at Tate for 11 years on a range of projects that included surveying and moving the entire sculpture collection to a new storage facility. Her work at Tate culminated in a position as Senior Conservator, managing preparation and installation of all sculpture for the opening and initial exhibitions at Tate Modern. In 2005 she left Tate to found Patina Art Collection Care Limited with John Bracken. Lyndsey has continued to work with a diverse range of modern and contemporary sculpture and is familiar both with the complex issues and the variety of materials that this can involve.

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 regularly works on conservation and restoration projects and her treatments have included sculpture by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Naum Gabo, Allen Jones, Jeff Koons, Yayoi Kusama, Juan Munoz, Jean Rodin, Lygia Clarke and Isa Genzken.

Lyndsey has an MPhil from the RCA/V&A on the chemical and visual characterisation of artificial patinas on bronze sculpture. She has also written technical entries for Tate’s entire collection of sculpture by Henry Moore as part of Tate’s ‘Sculptural Process and Public Identity project. She provides training on condition checking and sculpture technique and often gives talks for students and members of the public. She has presented and published papers on her work at a number of international conferences. 

PRESENTATIONS and PAPERS:

2016: ‘Conservation of a Contemporary Lacquered screen: A Collaborative, Interdisciplinary, International Project Involving the Artist, Fabricators, and Conservators from Three Different Areas’. A joint paper given at ‘Saving the Now: Crossing Boundaries to Conserve Contemporary Works’ IIC Los Angeles Congress.

2013: ‘A Learning Curve: Reflections on Making the Replica of Naum Gabo’s Circular Relief’. A paper given at ‘Fail better – A symposium about Conservation Practice and Decision Making in Modern and contemporary Art’ Hamburg Kunsthalle.

2013: Lyndsey Morgan and Rozemarijn van der Molen, ‘Moore and Bronze’, in Anne Wagner, Robert  Sutton (eds.), Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity, 2013, find out more here.

2008. ‘Measurement of Transparent Plastic Sculptures Using Photogrammetry, Laser Scanning and Touch probing for Conservation Purposes’ – International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote sensing, Beijing. Joint author on published paper.

2007: ‘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. Presentation and Joint author on published paper.

2007: Tate Papers – Tate Sculpture Replica project. Tate papers N0. 8. Jackie Heuman and Lyndsey Morgan, find out more here.

2000: ‘Saving The New Generation for the Next Generation’ A joint paper given at The International Institute for Conservation 50th Anniversary Congress ‘Tradition and Innovation, Advances in Conservation’. IIC Conference. Melbourne, Australia. Presentation and joint author on published paper.

1999: ‘Chair 1969’ in ‘Material Matters: The Conservation of Modern Sculpture’. Ed. Jackie Heuman. Tate Gallery.

Mike Ditchburn -
Mike Ditchburn - Senior Technician
Mike Ditchburn - Senior Technician

Mike Ditchburn is both an artist and art technician. After graduating from Camberwell College of Art he has continued to make his own work whilst developing his professional career as an art handler. He has now been working for many years in well recognised institutions across London such as the Serpentine Galleries, Massimo de Carlo and Bethlem Gallery and has since become a senior technician with Patina.

Sophie Djian -
Sophie Djian - Coordinator
Sophie Djian - Coordinator

Sophie has worked for Patina as a freelance coordinator since 2014. She has previously worked for Tate, the V&A and the BFI Gallery, and currently also freelances for a variety of film and video companies, artists and arts organisations.

Stuart Humpage -
Stuart Humpage - Senior Technician
Stuart Humpage - Senior Technician

Stuart Humpage graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in painting and theory. After moving to London, he has worked as a front of house manager at The Serpentine Gallery, a fabricator, and a picture framer before starting work as a gallery technician in 2008. Since then he has worked in both commercial and public galleries across London and the rest of the UK and is currently a senior technician for Patina.

Tessa Jackson -
Tessa Jackson - Sculpture Conservator
Tessa Jackson - Sculpture Conservator

Tessa has 31 years’ experience as a conservator, with over 26 years specialising in the conservation and restoration of modern and contemporary sculpture. Tessa worked at Tate where she met and worked with Lyndsey. Tessa’s practice encompasses diverse materials and mixed media including Hepworth bronzes with string, concrete works by Donald Judd and plastics by Naum Gabo. Tessa has contributed to publications including ‘Concrete - Case Studies in Conservation Practice’, ‘Barbara Hepworth, The Plasters: The Gift to Wakefield’ and ‘Material Matters: The Conservation of Modern Sculpture.’ Tessa is Director of Jackson Sculpture Conservation Ltd.

Henry Burns
Henry Burns Technician
Henry Burns Technician

Henry Burns has worked as a technician for Patina since 2015. Alongside this he has previously worked as a studio assistant to sculptor Nigel Hall, now he works as the in-house technician for Offer Waterman Gallery. Outside of work, like many art handlers at Patina, Henry is also a practising artist.

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