Shortly after a work of art is created it begins to change. The way it is handled, stored, and displayed will affect the condition of the artwork, as will the soundness of the artists' techniques and materials. Art Conservation involves the technical study, care and restoration of works of art.
The Art Conservation Lab is a significant resource within the Gallery: it provides facilities and equipment for the documentation, preservation and treatment of artwork from the Gallery's collection and offers important mentoring opportunities for Mount Allison University students who wish to work with the Gallery’s Fine Art Conservator. The Conservator for the Province of New Brunswick also works in the Owens’ Lab, which is the only paintings Conservation Lab in New Brunswick.
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