Preventive Conservation

Pendant from Owens collection

Although the exterior stone walls and the environmentally controlled interior of the Gallery building provide physical protection for the art collection, this isn't enough to preserve it. Many artworks are made of fragile materials, which are vulnerable to damage even in the most protected environment.

Conservators have extensive training in the composition and science of art materials, and the effects of potentially destructive elements, such as excessive light, temperature, relative humidity, dust, vibration, insects and vandalism.

Routinely, the Gallery's conservator carries out preventive conservation, working with other Gallery staff to ensure that artworks are safely displayed, handled, stored and transported. Efforts are focused on preventing damage.

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