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Behind the Scenes Lecture Series: Looking After the Past: Conservation at the National Gallery
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Event Type: Public Lecture/Forum/Seminar/Workshop/Conference/Symposium
Event Nature: Culture and Arts

Event Details

Behind the Scenes Lecture Series:
Lecture by Larry Keith
Looking After the Past: Conservation at the National Gallery, London

Date: October 11, 2016, Tuesday
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre, HKU

The preservation of the National Gallery's famous collection has been a central aspect of that institution since its foundation in 1824. Larry Keith, the Gallery's Head of Conservation and Keeper, gives an overview of the rich history of conservation at the Gallery, and how its advances and controversies have informed the way the department works today. This talk will look at what happens behind the scene when conservators are charged with the preservation, study and restoration of some of the world's best-loved masterpieces.

Larry Keith is the Director of Collections (interim) National Gallery, London where he has been working since 1991 – first as a paintings conservator and then as Head of Conservation in 2010. He has contributed numerous articles on painting techniques across the range of the Collection for the Gallery’s Technical Bulletin, as well as contributions to exhibition catalogues on Diego Velazquez and Leonardo da Vinci.

The Behind the Scenes Lecture Series, initiated by the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Fine Arts, aims to bring high-profile speakers from the international art world to highlight the work of professionals who help to keep art accessible for audiences now and in the future. The 2016 Lectures are generously supported by Qatar Airways and AXA ART.

Qatar Airways is a multiple award-winning airline which serves over 150 destinations across six continents, including many of the world’s greatest sites of art and cultural heritage. The Doha-based carrier is deeply committed to the communities it serves and pays particular emphasis to education-related initiatives in its corporate social responsibility efforts, both locally and internationally. It is the official communications ambassador for the Education Above All Foundation's "Educate a Child" programme. Following the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, Qatar Airways donated to the China Youth Development Fund as part of the Project Hope initiative, helping to fund schools and build temporary and permanent facilities for affected students.

AXA ART is a specialist division of the global AXA group and the world’s only art-led insurance company. Having operated in the art and insurance market for over 50 years, AXA ART is able to offer tailor-made solutions as well as professional risk mitigation advice for private and corporate collections, museums, galleries, auction houses, exhibitions and transits. As the main insurer of global art events, AXA ART is an active player in the art communities. We support art institutions on research and education as well as serve as a partner of major international art fairs such as TEFAF and Art Basel.

Organized by:
Department of Fine Arts, Faculty of Arts, HKU

Airline Sponsor:
Qatar Airways

Event Sponsor

Date/Time11/10/2016 18:30-20:00
VenueRayson Huang Theatre, HKU

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 14/09/2016 15:00(HKT) to 10/10/2016 23:59(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis. The registration quota for this event is 320. Registrants will be placed on a waiting list if the registration quota is reached.

* Registration is now closed.

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