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Advice on Artist Materials

Advice on Artist Materials

Our conservation team often meet with professional artists that are concerned they are using materials in their artwork that may not last into the future. Through dedicated research, we can help artists to find safe alternatives that will increase the life of their artwork without compromising on artistic intent. Our job is not to tell you that certain materials are ‘wrong’, but simply to make you fully aware of the long-term consequences. Our conservation team have a broad knowledge of how different materials deteriorate over time, changing the physical appearance of the work and its commercial value. Here are some examples of commonly used materials which are not built to last:

Poor quality paper produced from mechanical wood pulp
Raw timber which will release acidic gases as it ages
Poor quality adhesives which are acidic
Cellotape and masking tape which will yellow, fail and cause staining over time
Blue tack which will dry out, fail and release oil over time

Our team can recommend safer, more stable alternatives to all of these materials which pose less risk to the structure of your artwork. For more information, please contact a member of our team.