Photos: Katya Belaia (c) 2018

Talk on Art Restoration in Ukraine Presented at Cambridge

22 November 2018

On the 15-16 of November, 2018 the Cambridge Hamilton Kerr Institute hosted a conference entitled “Migrants: art, artists, materials and ideas crossing borders”.

One of the lectures presented at the conference was on the subject of art restoration in Ukraine. Valeriya Kravchenko of the Ukrainian Art Museum (Dnipro, Ukraine) and Katya Belaia of the National Trust (UK) presented a talk entitled “Migration of ideas and approaches: tracing conservation practices in Ukraine from the Soviet to contemporary history”.

The talk focused on the development Ukrainian culture within this time period. The speakers discussed Ukrainian art and culture during the time of the 1917 Revolution, creation of the Ukrainian Socialist Republic, the antireligious campaign, WWII, the Khrushchev’s Thaw, the development of underground art, Perestroika, and independent Ukraine.

At the conference the experts talked about the Ukrainian cultural heritage, presented masterpieces of Ukrainian art and discussed cultural achievements of prominent Ukrainians.

Graduation works including restored copies and originals by student restorers of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (Kyiv, Ukraine) also were presented during the conference.

The conference participants were eager to hear on the subject. The Archetype Publications Ltd., London plans to publish the conference materials making them more accessible to a wider audience.

In the framework of her working visit Valeriya studied approaches to training British restorers applied at the Courtauld Institute of Art. The expert also visited leading London arts centres namely the National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Tate Modern.

The Ukrainian expert’s visit to the UK was made possible with support from the art restorer Katya Belaia, Assistant painting conservation adviser at the National Trust, organisational support from the Hamilton Kerr Institute, and assistance from the British Ukrainian Society.



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