Patina was first approached by Clothworkers’ Hall late in 2016 to unhang all the full-length portraits in the Great Hall so that it could be redecorated. After a site visit had been arranged Patina unhung the paintings using scaffold towers and specialist lifting equipment. The renovation of the hall gave the opportunity for remedial work to be carried out on the paintings and Patina was asked to provide both a framing and painting conservator to carry out this work. This included conservation treatment on the paintings as well as restoration of losses to the frame mouldings and fitting of new backboards. The treated artworks were subsequently photographed by a Patina photographer for Clothworkers’ Hall's records.
Two years later we were asked back to carefully cover all the paintings for protection whilst a new carpet was laid. We worked with our colleagues from ‘Textile Conservation Ltd’ to unhang an existing tapestry in order to allow space for a newly commissioned tapestry ‘The Caged Bird’s Song’ by Chris Ofili CBE to be installed. As part of this process Patina also designed and built a new picture store to safely house the remaining artworks and objects not on display.
With thanks to:
Alison Lister and the team from Textile Conservation Ltd.
Alison Seed and her studio who restored the paintings.
Tom Proctor who restored the frames.
Andy Stagg for the photography carried out during this project.