Patina was approached to install the inaugural exhibition at the newly built Heong Gallery at Downing College in Cambridge in 2016. This was the display ‘Generation Painting 1955–1965’ curated by Rachel Rose Smith and comprising artworks from the collection of Sir Alan Bowness. We first arranged photography for a catalogue of all the artworks and they were then examined by Patina conservators who produced condition reports.

Fragile paintings were measured so that transit frames could be constructed, and artworks were then unhung so that they could either be soft-wrapped or fitted into the newly constructed transit frames for safe transport to the gallery. Patina technicians then carefully unloaded the works and installed them according to the curator’s wishes. At the end of the show everything had to be repeated in reverse.

Since then Patina has provided installation services for a number of subsequent exhibitions at the gallery including ‘Portraits of Place’ (containing artworks from Richard Long and Kettle’s Yard), and ‘The Best of all Possible Worlds’ exploring Quentin Blake’s association with The Folio Society.

Patina has also provided condition checking for indoor and outdoor sculptures in the Ai Weiwei: Cubes and Trees exhibition and specialist sculpture conservation services for ‘When The Heavens Meet the Earth’, a display of works from the Sina Jina Collection.

Most recently, Patina has provided conservation and installation services for the ‘Barbara Hepworth: Divided Circle’ exhibition curated by Rachel Rose Smith.

With thanks to:

 All staff at the Heong Gallery.

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The Heong Gallery