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; Advisor to The Levantine Foundation/Deir al-Surian Desert Monastery, Egypt (image below); Lecturer in Conservation Studies at London City & Guilds are amongst 21stC projects. Working with the American University of Beirut (AUB) 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 Blog, 2017) with a Christmas Special in 2017 followed by series 2 & 3 in 2018.
Series 4 appeared on BBC 1 March/April 2019 & throughout 2020 with new programmes in the making. It is prime time tv with the series syndicated by Warner Bros world wide.
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 and again an RTS award in February 2019.
Lucia has a 2.1 Hons from Sheffield University; a Diploma in Conservation; ICOM-Conservation (International Council of Museums) & BAPCR (British Assoc. of Paintings Conservators/Restorers).
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Deir al-Surian Monastery, 6th century, Egypt – Levantine Foundation conservation project.