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 in 1995.
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 Scalisi is the Paintings Conservation expert. The series has been recommissioned (see April’s Blog 2017) and series 2/3 airing from March 2018. A Christmas Special edition appeared in 2017. Series 4 filming will begin late 2018.
In February 2018 ‘The Repair Shop’ won the accolade of best short factual series at the Royal Television Society awards.
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).