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Robert Zilli

Year of Award: 2015 Award State: Queensland Arts - Visual > Conservation And Restoration
Arts - Visual > General
The James Love Churchill Fellowship to study traditional picture frame making techniques, research and document 19th Century picture frames - UK
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Major Conclusions and Recommendations 

The role of traditional picture framing in the 21st century is unique, in that it is limited to a very small number of highly trained trade professionals, either employed in public institutions or working in private practice. These individuals are passionate about their profession and are maintaining skills and techniques that are hundreds of years old. The knowledge gained during my Churchill Fellowship will be invaluable at a local, state and national level if we are to maintain traditional picture frame making skills that are in rapid decline in Australia. As of 2016 the number of individuals, with varying skill levels and training, which can competently manufacture period picture frames using traditional materials and techniques in Australia is declining. This unique opportunity provided by my James Love Churchill Fellowship will enable me to contribute to the Australian visual arts community, public and private galleries/museums, secondary, tertiary and vocational education, and professionals in allied fields such as conservators, restorers, artists and picture framers. The traditional skills acquired are also transferable to the materials and techniques in contemporary art practice such as painting and sculpture. The applied knowledge gained covered aspects of complex traditional frame making, from frame design, surface preparation, ornamentation, gilding and patination.

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