Thursday 2 October 2014
Bucks New University has undertaken furniture conservation work and private commissions for over 20 years, working with prestigious clients such as The Royal Collection, the Courtauld Institute of Art, National Trust and Courtauld Institute of Art Lord Rothschild Foundation.
Private collectors and custodians from the heritage sector have supported Bucks New University students by providing impressive and often priceless projects for them to work on. They have also offered locations for 'live projects' where the students work on live restoration and conservation projects on site.
The University's students benefit greatly from its close links with the sector and gain experience of real commercial contexts of design, while at the same time developing their own expertise and vision.
Recent projects undertaken by the Department of Furniture at Bucks New University include: the restoration of a 1937-38 Isokon moulded birch (Betula pendula) plywood lounge chair owned by Isokon Plus; conservation of a George II Console table from Wilton House owned by the Earl of Pembroke; cleaning of a gilt frame surrounding a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds from The Courtauld Institute of Art; and a pair of Italian tables from the Wallace Collection.
The University's MA in Conservation of Furniture and Decorative Arts has been specifically developed to give students conservation experience in a genuine working environment. The University also runs a range of short courses in furniture restoration, upholstery and woodcarving. Students on the University's furniture courses have come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including fine art, furniture, ceramics, architecture and crafts.
PICTURED: Shelley Stannard, who completed an MA Furniture: Conservation, Restoration & Decorative Arts, with a 1937-38 Isokon moulded birch plywood lounge chair owned by Isokon Plus she restored as part of her qualification
Contact: Buckinghamshire New University
(PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF BUCKS NEW UNI)
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