Lucia Scalisi began her career in Conservation at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1984 after receiving a Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings from the University of Northumbria (formerly Gateshead Technical College). She worked for 11 years as a Senior Conservator of Paintings at the V&A before opening a Conservation Studio in private practice in London.
Since then she has been Chief Restorer with the ‘Calcutta Tercentenary Trust’ at Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkatta, India; Lecturer at the Academy of Conservation in Tbilisi, Georgia; Lecturer in Conservation Studies at London City & Guilds for over 10 years. Working with the American University of Beirut on their inaugural collection is a highlight as well as being the Paintings Conservator for the BBC 2 series ‘Restoration Roadshow’ in 2011.
2017 saw a new series for BBC 2 – ‘The Repair Shop’ – in which Lucia is the Paintings Conservation expert. The series was recommissioned (see April’s Blog 2017) with a Christmas Special in 2017 followed by series 2 & 3 in March & late summer 2018.
Filming series 4 & 5 is underway in 2018 – to air 2019.
In February 2018 ‘The Repair Shop’ won the accolade of best short factual series at the Royal Television Society awards. In September 2018 the European Broadcasters Union awarded ‘The Repair Shop’ 3rd ‘Best Format Award’ in Europe.
Lucia has a 2.1 Hons from Sheffield University; a Diploma in Conservation; is an ICON Accredited Conservator (Institute of Conservation); a member ICOM-Conservation (International Council of Museums) & BAPCR (British Assoc. of Paintings Conservators/Restorers).