Art and Object Handling with John Bracken

Ref: M4E33957

Location: West Dean
£994
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About this course

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 afternoon discusses object handling work at West Dean College. The second day introduces the principles of art handling followed by talks about painting conservation and transport /packing. The third day there will be talks and practical demonstrations on Risk and Method statements, health and safety and manual lifting. The fourth day deals with picture handling, hanger fitting and storage, and display in a gallery mock-up and the fifth day will concentrate on condition checking and installing sculpture.

The course begins at 14.00 on the Monday.

Course Materials

What students need to bring

If you work in an institution, museum or gallery, please bring with you a blank example of a painting or sculpture report for discussion. Whilst the tutor will be conducting all the demonstrations, it would be beneficial to delegates whose role does involve handling artwork to bring along boots.

Timetable

Day 1

12.00 - 13.30 - Registration
14.00 - Start of course. Welcome Talks
14.45 - 17.40 - Talks by West Dean College Tutors: Books and Paper, Metals, Ceramics and Glass, Clocks
19.00 - 19.45 - Dinner

Day 2

09.00 - 10.30 - Basic art handling
13.00 - 14.00 - Lunch
14.00 - 15.45 - Preventative Conservation: Paintings
16.00 - 17.15 - Painting: Condition checking
18.00 - 18.30 - Science lab
19.00 - 19.45 - Dinner

Day 3

9.00 - Introduction to the day followed by Works on Paper
09.45 - 11.00 - Art Handling/Principles/Health and Safety/Manual Lifting
11.15 - Manual lifting, art transport procedure, unloading and movement
13.00 - 13.45 - Lunch
13.45 - 16.00 - Unpacking
16.00 - 18.00 - Picture hangers
19.00 - 19.45 - Dinner

Day 4

09.00 - Picture handling and storage
11.15 - Gallery layout, display height and fitting hangers
13.00 - 13.45 - Lunch
13.45 - Picture hanging
16.00 - 17.30- Picture packing
17.30 - 18.00 - Problem solving
19.00 - 19.45- Dinner
20.00 - Preventative conservation- Sculpture

Day 5

09.00 - Sculpture handling, packing and storage
11.15 - Lifting and transferring for display
13.00 - 13.45 - Lunch
13.45 - Unusual methods
15.45 - Issue of certificates. Course ends.

General Information

Tutors

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.

Accommodation

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

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