Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Heritage Skills exhibition

Above: "An example of work from an end of year degree show graduate This gives an example of what I shall hope to offer at the Cell Block, once the center is converted." said Debbie Robins of Skills Heritage in Portsmouth

Now and Then - an art exhibition of traditional skills with a contemporary twist. Boathouse 4, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. PO1 3LJ, August 16th - 31st 10am-5.30pm including weekends

The idea and development of the project has been brought about by the acknowledged shortage of skilled practitioners within the building restoration industry, especially the South East. The skills are primarily concerned with building interiors and consist of;

Scagliola-not taught anywhere outside the industry
Gilding.Water, oil and verre eglomisé.
Mould making/decorative plasterwork
Architectural carving
Trompe l’oeil.paint effects/sable brush work
Wood graining/marbling/paper marquetry
Hand blocked wallpaper (To be reinstated)
Architectural/conservation/restoration lectures

Debbie Robins of skills heritage in Portsmouth said "The exhibition will have demonstrations by skilled practitioners and examples of work and is free. The whole thing is being run by volunteers who feel so passionate about the need to nurture and indeed save these fantastic skills."

Skills Heritage in Portsmouth

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