“As heritage specialists, we are dedicated to preserving
objects of artistic, historic, or personal significance.”
The term “conservation” is used to broadly describe all measures and actions taken to safeguard and ensure accessibility to works of art and cultural heritage objects for present and future generations.
Conservation includes three primary categories of intervention, preventive conservation, remedial conservation, and restoration, depending on the actions taken.
Preventive conservation are indirect actions aimed at avoiding and minimizing future deterioration or loss. The object itself is not altered, but rather its surrounding environment. Measures such as: framing, storage, handling, packing and transportation procedures, environmental management (light, humidity, pollution and pest control), and emergency planning are common actions to safeguard objects.
Remedial conservation are direct actions applied to an object to stop damaging processes. These actions will sometimes modify the appearance of the object. Measures such as: the removal of acidic backings, consolidation of flaking media, cleaning of surface dirt, washing and de-acidification of paper, removal of tapes and adhesives, dehydration of wet archaeological materials, and cleaning outdoor sculptures to remove plant growth are all common treatments.
Restoration are actions that alter the aesthetic qualities of an object or seek to bring an object closer to its assumed original state (artist intent). These actions are only carried out when the item has lost part of its significance or function through past alteration or deterioration. Measures such as: stain reduction, the addition of non-original material to compensate for loss or damage, retouching a painting, reassembling a broken sculpture, and chemical or light bleaching of paper are all common treatments.
Conservation is a complex process and demands the collaboration of relevant qualified professionals. Conservators, also known as Restorers depending on country of origin, are highly trained practitioners who possess exceptional artistic dexterity and have obtained advanced training in material sciences.
At GBAC, our conservators have the training and knowledge required to skillfully assess and treat objects in need of conservation intervention. All treatment strategies employed are in accordance with modern conservation practices, minimally invasive, and fully reversible.
Our conservators restore all types of paintings including oil, acrylic and watercolour. We accept paintings on any surface whether it is canvas, paper, wood panel, ivory, metal or glass. Common repairs include:
Georgian Bay Art Conservation restores all types of murals including fresco, secco, oil, acrylic, or mosaic tile on any surface. The murals can be located on the ceiling of buildings several stories high, indoors or out. In addition, we preserve architectural elements such as plaster or wood moldings, gilded surfaces, and leaded glass windows. Common repairs include:
Our conservators restore fine art on paper in any media including prints (etchings, engravings, screen‐prints and lithographs), drawings (ink, pastel, charcoal, graphite), and watercolour paintings. Common repairs include:
Georgian Bay Art Conservation restores a variety of archival materials including antique books, maps and architectural drawings, historic documents (letters, marriage/birth certificates), vellum and parchment items (land deeds, indentures or illuminated manuscript pages), ephemera (posters, broadsides, post cards, tickets), photographs and family heirlooms. Common repairs include:
Our conservators restore all types of original photographic media including historic process on paper, fabric, plastic, glass and metal substrates. We provide treatment for daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes, glass plate negatives, crayon portraits and a variety of other photographic processes ranging from salted paper prints to contemporary black and white and chromogenic photographs. Common repairs include:
Georgian Bay Art Conservation offers digital restoration and reproduction services for photographs, family heirlooms and historic documents. In addition, we have the capability to manufacture CNC reproductions of 3-D objects for long-term public display, or for missing/damaged architectural elements such as plaster or wood moldings, historic frames or decorative details. Common projects include:
Our conservators restore a variety of textile objects including needlepoint and embroidery, tapestries, rugs, flags, linen books, period clothing and mixed media objects. Common repairs include:
Georgian Bay Art Conservation restores indoor or outdoor sculptures and religious icons. These objects can be large scale or small and include painted, gilded or natural plaster, stone, marble, wood or metal. Common repairs include:
Georgian Bay Art Conservation restores all types of frames including plaster, wood and gilded surfaces. Common repairs include: