Studio Carolina Izzo opens in Auckland

Studio Carolina Izzo – Auckland, officially opened in Auckland 7 August.  It was open-house all day, with many visitors coming from all over New Zealand to join us for a very celebratory time.  We were privileged to have a Studio blessing by Te Waari Carkeek from Te Papa Tongarewa.  Te Waari has a painting of one of his ancestors with us at the studio, the presence of this taonga made the ceremony even more special.  After lunch Carmelo Barbarello, the Italian Ambassador, cut the ribbon to the lab and gave a speech of support from the Italian community.  We also had a speech from art curator, Lesleigh Salinger and then Carolina gave us all an insight into her philosophy about the importance of art and heritage conservation.  Maria and Riccardo from the Wellington Studio were here, as was Stefano from Christchurch, but Paola from Christchurch was unable to be with us – we missed her.  Along with artists, art dealers, auctioneers, patrons, and collectors, we were very well supported by family and friends.  It was a great way to begin.

 

 

 

Carmelo Babarello, the Italian Ambassador cuts the ribbon to open the lab.

Carmelo Babarello, the Italian Ambassador cuts the ribbon to open the lab.IMG_0768

Carmelo Barbarello welcomes us all with support from the Italian Embassy

Carmelo Barbarello welcomes us all with support from the Italian Embassy

 

Some speeches....

Some speeches….

Everyone in the lab space

Everyone in the lab space

Roger Blackley Art Historian and author, Maria Pagu from our Wellington Studio, and Julia.

Roger Blackley Art Historian and author, Maria Pagu from our Wellington Studio, and Julia.

Alistair Scott and Fraser Goldsmith

Alistair Scott and Fraser Goldsmith

Riccardo Scott from our Wellington Studio and Adele McNutt, trying to look important.

Riccardo Scott from our Wellington Studio and Adele McNutt, trying to look important!

Federico Monsalve, editor of Interiors and Urbis magazines and Ingrid Ford, secretary of NZCCM

Federico Monsalve, editor of Interiors and Urbis magazines and Ingrid Ford, secretary of NZCCM

STUDIO TALK – FRIDAY 28 AUGUST 5.30PM AUCKLAND

Tracey Collins – Art and Design for Live Performance, Film, and Television.  This talk has been and gone now.  It was wonderful having Tracey explain some of her film and television projects.  The skill and planning that goes into projects like this is meticulous and requires so much research and planning.  

We had a good crowd.  Thank you to all who attended and thanks for all the questions!  

 

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Preventive Conservation Field School 2016

Enrolment open now 
Italy May – June 2016

Experience the care of Italian Heritage first hand and hands-on.

The Sibyllam Project is an initiative conceived by Studio Carolina Izzo, in close collaboration with the Museums and Heritage Studies programme at Victoria University of wellington and the Italian Ministry of National Heritage and Cultural Activities.

Take your knowledge to the next level of experience in Italy.  The objective of the field school is to learn about different ways of preserving, conserving and displaying heritage objects.  You will study how professionals in the museum sector interact with works of historical importance.

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2015 Interior Awards: And the Winner is…

In the 2015 Interior Awards, Studio Carolina Izzo was the winner of the Craftsmanship Award for the Conservation of the painted dome ceiling in the Isaac Theatre Royal.

This award is an acknowledgement of the specialist heritage knowledge required to make the architect’s dreams come true.  The award sets the benchmark for quality in New Zealand’s interior design. It is also an acknowledgement that conservation and restoration projects can be interior design projects.  The judges were fulsome in their praise:

“This project demonstrates the full range of the conservator’s skills including: scientific analysis, research, collaboration, material innovation, handcrafts – to seamlessly restore an iconic feature in one of Christchurch’s remaining great spaces… Like a classical music performance, this project involved being able to read someone else’s composition and insert subtle interpretations during its performance.  This is a project deserving of nothing less than a standing ovation.”

 

You can read more about the restoration project at the Isaac Theatre Royal website.