Back to University

Mal has been invited back to the Conservation Department of Lincoln University to give a day of seminars and workshops on 5th November.  In the morning Mal will give a seminar on the 'Mount Package' and a hands-on workshop on conservation hinging and in the afternoon a seminar and workshop on the 'Non Adhesive Support of Artwork'

All materials have been kindly supplied by Arqadia


Lincolnshire's Great Exhibition

I had the priviledge of providing the framing of this signed photograph of Tennyson for the exhibition at 'The Collection' Lincoln entitled Lincolnshire's Great Exhibition.


Conservation Study Day

A Conservation Study day will be held in the Guild HQ, Wye House, London on Wednesday 15th July.  This Study day will concentrate on the theory required to be successful in passing the Guild’s Advanced Accreditation in Conservation.  Subjects to be covered include:


  • Conservation Framing Techniques.
  • Damage Mechanisms there identification and explanations.
  • Mountboard definitions and Uses.
  • General Conservation Definitions and Terminology.


For full details of the subjects covered please see Guild ’s publication “Guide to Candidates, The GCF Advanced Accreditation Conservation Framing”

In addition, there will be a short hands-on workshop on the hinging of artwork using Japanese papers. 

Whilst this is primarily for those interested in taking the GCF and especially the Advanced Accreditation it is open to all who have an interest in Conservation Framing.

To book this Study Day please click on the following link.



Magna Carta Facsimile

The photograph shows the early stages in the conservation framing of a facsimile of the Magna Carta, on vellum.  The frame is to be made from 12th Century oak taken from Lincoln Cathedral and machined by the Cathedral workshops.  For those interested watch for the article in 'Articles'


Awards Finalist

Mal's entry into the Fine Art Trade Guild's Guild's Challenge Award is one of four finalists.  The theme of this year's competition is 'Alice in Wonderland' and Mal's entry features the 'gardeners painting the roses red' 


It features three Zinnfiguren pieces that Mal painted, in oils, some years ago.  The pieces include the Queen and King of Hearts and of course the three gardeners featured as the two, five and seven of spades.  These are placed in a box with a back which includes Alice and the story of the painting of the roses.

Zinnfiguren, of German origin, are also known as flats and not well known - they are made of metal, normally tin, and approximately 30mm high and 3mm wide with a wide variety of figures.  The Alice collection features almost all of the figures included in the book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.


Present Framing Projects

Existing framing projects as of April 2015 include:

A Medieval Enamelled Bronze Horse harness Pendant of Sir Robert Fitzwalter who was one of 25 Barons acting as sureties of the Magna Carta.

Continued framing of Poppies from the Tower of London.

An article describing the method of framing the poppies will appear in the next issue of Arqadia's 4Walls magazine and keep an eye open for the finished Horse pendant in articles. 


Conservation Service

Harlequin Frames has teamed up with WHConservation in order to provide a conservation service; providing both specialist advice and where necessary treatment of all types of artwork and objects.  Both Leah and Terri graduated with a Masters Degree in the Conservation of Historic Objects from the University of Lincoln and have extensive experience in conservation work. 

The photograph shows Leah and Terri working on the conservation and documentation of a rare set of seventeenth century Flemish tapestries at Doddington Hall near Lincoln.


Conservation Masterclass - Jan

Mal working with students from all levels of the BA(Hons) course in the Conservation of Historic Objects at the University of Lincoln.  A conservation and framing, practical, workshop covering the Supporting Artwork without Adhesives - Polygonal Edges Strips and Hypoxic Enclosures. 


4Walls Issue 15

The subject of Mal's Masterclass in this Issue of 4Walls is the use of mountslips to enhance one's artwork.

To read the full article click here

4Walls Issue 14

Read Mal's Masterclass in 4Walls Issue 14 here



Conservation Masterclass

Oct 2014  Conservation framing seminars and workshops at the University of Lincoln during the Conservation Department's Masterclass week.  Mal has given two seminars; Conservation Principles and Mounting and Hinging and a workshop on the same subject.


Well received with thought provoking questions