The preservation of the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s collection for future generations is an important part of the Gallery’s mandate.
We employ a full-time Art Conservator to prevent damage and minimize deterioration of works in our collection and objects on loan to the Gallery.
Learn more about the role of art conservation at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in this video featuring our art conservator, Brenda Smith.
Part artist, detective, scientist and historian, the conservator is involved with the preservation of the Gallery’s collection and works on loan to it.
This is done through preventive conservation, examination, documentation, treatment (restoration/stabilization to conservation standards), education and research.
As part of the goal to minimize damage and preserve works, the conservator provides advice and recommendations for handling, storage, exhibition and display, transportation and environmental requirements.