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Miss Nicola Grimaldi

Senior Lecturer in the Conservation of Fine Art

Department: Arts

Nicola is currently employed by Northumbria University as Senior Lecturer for the Masters Degree in Conservation of Fine Art teaching aspects of painting conservation as well as supervising MA dissertation projects.

ADSS_Staff _Nicola -Grimaldi _Senior -Lecturer -Fine -ArtAfter graduating in 1993 from Northumbria University with a Master of Arts Degree in the Conservation of Fine Art Nicola Grimaldi spent many years working in private practice. Clients have included many Regional and National Museums and Galleries, organisations such as National Trust, and Chatsworth Trust. From 2004 she was employed by Tyne and Wear Museums as the painting conservator for a collection of around 3000 easel paintings. During this period she was involved in overseeing major projects such as National Gallery Partnership Exhibition with Tyne and Wear Museums.

Nicola has been involved with the preparation of loans and courier duties for many National and International organisations including the Teniers Exhibition in Germany in 2006 and an exhibition of work by Paul Gauguin and Van Gogh in Dallas Museum of Art 2006. She supervised and advised on care of collections, including storage, packing and handling and was also involved in training internal and external museum staff as part of Renaissance in the Region project in aspects of care of easel paintings and general collections care. She is currently employed by Northumbria University as Senior Lecturer for the Masters Degree in Conservation of Fine Art teaching aspects of painting conservation as well as supervising MA dissertation projects. Nicola is also involved in external work for the University including research and consultancy.

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BA Fine Art (Honours), De Montford University, Leicester MA Conservation of Fine Art, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne Postgraduate Certificate in Academic & Professional Learning (PCAPL), Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Nicola Grimaldi is currently carrying out research into a portrait in oil on canvas of Susanna Trevelyan attributed to Thomas Gainsborough circa 1761 which is owned by the National Trust, Wallington, Northumberland. The painting is thought to have been significantly altered and repainted by a second artist during the 18th century and soon after the completion of the first composition. She is in the process of collecting technical, physical and historical evidence in order to reveal the extent, confirm the date of the alteration and if possible attribute the repaint to a particular artist/s. Furthermore she has also been involved in the treatment and research into two Vietnamese paintings in oil on canvas of the 1960’s culminating in the development of alternative methods for the consolidation of modern, aqueous sensitive paint layers.

Teaching interests reflect Nicola Grimaldi’s practical background and experience as an easel paintings conservator. The majority of topics reproduce the vocational aspect of conservation work and particularly the treatment of traditional paintings in oil on canvas. However, to reflect changes and approaches to treatments increasingly consideration is being made for modern and contemporary works. This now forms the basis for many aspects of practical teaching such as the development of alternative materials for processes such as consolidation. The use and interpretation of technical examination methods such as x-radiography infrared reflectography, as well as the use of complex cleaning techniques, structural aspects of treatment, image reintegration, consideration of ethics, authenticity, artists’ treatises/techniques and materials, packing, storage, transport and display also play an important part of teaching and interests.

Key Publications

Ebert, B. Grimaldi, N. and Singer B., ‘The use of Aquazol® in the conservation treatment of Vietnamese paintings’, submitted toJournal of the Institute of Conservation for publication March 2012.

Ebert, B., MacMillan Armstrong, S., Singer, B. and Grimaldi, N., ‘Analysis and conservation treatment of Vietnamese paintings’ accepted for presentation at 16th ICOM-CC triennial Conference, Lisbon Portugal, September 2011.

Singer, B., Ebert, B., MacMillan Armstrong, S. and Grimaldi, N., Brown J A., ‘Analysis of Vietnamese Oil Paintings Affected by Sulphur Dioxide Pollution’, in Sarah Lee and Nguyen Nhu Huy (Editors) Essays on Modern and Contemporary Vietnamese Art, Singapore Art Museum (2009) 68 – 74. ISBN no is 978-981-08-3159-2


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