The preservation of the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s collection for future generations is an important part of the Gallery’s mandate. To do this, we employ a full-time Art Conservator to prevent damage and minimize deterioration of works in our collection and objects on loan to the Gallery.
Learn more about the role of art conservation at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in this video featuring our art conservator, Brenda Smith.
Part artist, detective, scientist and historian, the conservator is involved with the preservation of the gallery’s collection and works on loan to it. This is done through preventive conservation, examination, documentation, treatment (restoration/stabilization to conservation standards), education and research. As part of the goal to minimize damage and preserve works, the conservator provides advice and recommendations for handling, storage, exhibition and display, transportation and environmental requirements.
For more information about conservation visit:
The Canadian Association for the Conservation of Cultural Property
Canadian Conservation Institute
I volunteer because I love art and because the people at the MacKenzie are wonderful, caring, and sharing people. I find working in the Gallery Shop extremely fulfilling because I feel that I am now a part of the MacKenzie Art Gallery, thanks to Michael, John, and the inspiring volunteers and staff I have met over the almost twenty wonderful years I have been at the Gallery. Shirley Bonic, MacKenzie Volunteer for 19 years