Sibyllam Field Study – Italy – 2019

Studio Carolina Izzo  Invites you to walk in the Italian Art and Heritage Industry with extraordinary access, during The Sibyllam Field Study 2019.
End of April-May 2019
This is your opportunity to experience Italian Art and Heritage first hand and enhance your understanding of global Museum and Cultural Heritage.

The Field School is for: Registrars, Collection Managers, Museum Curators, Architects and Conservators in training
Students in: Museum Studies, Art History, Anthropology, Chemistry (Conservation related), and Archaeology, and if you have Italian language skills in association with any of those disciplines.

The broad skills of selected participants and the impressive exposure to Italian Art and heritage, and industry professionals will provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience and bring depth to your practice.

The Field Study will provide:
– Specialist training in preventive conservation
– Short course training at the prestigious restoration school Palazzo Spinelli in Florence
– Behind the scenes access to major Italian Museums in Rome, Naples, and Florence
– The freedom to engage in constructive discussion with Italian Museum and Heritage leaders on all issues related to the conservation and preservation of historical objects and artefacts
– Access to the professionals who manage the concerns of the repatriation of Māori artefacts and human remains
– Please talk to your University about gaining credits during the field school

If you wish to apply, please contact


Carolina Izzo at the Corsini Exhibition

Thank you Auckland Art Gallery!
Carolina had the opportunity to give a presentation at the Corsini Exhibition, Auckland Art Gallery on Sunday (5 November).  Her presentation discussed the intriguing events surrounding some of the works in The Corsini Collection and the extraordinary methods used by the Renaissance and Baroque artists to make their paint.  Carolina also had the chance to talk about the ethics of art conservation and the very engaged audience asked many questions.  How gratifying to see such a big crowd at this talk on a sunny Auckland day.

Restoration of the Organ Pipes, St Andrew’s Church, Christchurch

Studio Carolina Izzo undertook the restoration of the Organ Pipes from St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Merivale, Christchurch.  Last Sunday, the Pipe Organ was played in a day of celebration to mark John Dodgshun’s outstanding 30 years of service as organist at the Church.  Carolina attended the service and reported that it was an amazing community event and that the restoration of the pipes was extremely well received.


Jim Allen Mural Removal, Wellington

Studio Carolina Izzo is working with a team of demolition experts to safely remove the 1960s Jim Allen Mural from 61 Molesworth Street in Wellington. The building was demolished but the mural was skilfully left in situ.  Carolina has been on site this week to supervise the removal and storage.  For more information, go to:

St Mary’s Pipe Organ Restoration

The newly Decorated Pipes of the Organ at St Mary’s in Parnell are in place.

107 years after it was designed, the George Croft pipe organ in St Mary’s-in-Holy Trinity has finally received the pipe decoration that was always intended!

George Croft left no indication of design for the pipe decoration so, in consultation with the Selwyn’s Vision Project committee, Studio Carolina Izzo was engaged to design and decorate the pipes.

Year of The Rooster 2017

It’s that time of year again when we prepare our contribution to the annual Charity Auction run by Parnell Inc.

Last year it was gilded monkeys.  2017 is the year of the Rooster.  Soon you will get to see Donatello and Leonard.  We can’t show them finished, however we can assure you that they are beautiful, preening, flashy roosters.

The Roosters will  be 0n display in Parnell at various locations from 28 Jan – 12 Feb, before the big auction at Mossgreen-Webb’s 16 Feb 2017.

More information at the link below.
The Charity is  The Starship Foundation – National Air Ambulance Service




The Bishop Selwyn Chapel Opens

The Opening of the Bishop Selwyn Chapel
Holy Trinity Cathedral
21 August 2016

The Bishop Selwyn Chapel is located behind the apse of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in IMG_4693Parnell. Our task
was to gild the ceiling in three colours of gold randomly to emphasize the movement inherent in the undulating ceiling design by Fearon Hay Architects. The 320 square metres of the internal and external ceiling was gilded, centimetre by centimetre, by our team of gilders. The objective was to gild the entire surface of the ceiling (interior and exterior) with three colours of gold leaf (Yellow, Platin and Red), and apply the colours randomly.
The gold leaf used was from Florence, Italy, and beaten into leaves specifically tailor-made for for this work. The Manetti Gold Leaf factory and Studio Carolina Izzo have worked together for many years.

There were some challenges along the way, including dealing with the temperature and humidity, both factors that influence the success of gilding,  and the scheduling because the adhesive for the gilding (the size) had to be applied the day before.

On Sunday 21 August the Bishop Selwyn Chapel was officially opened. The official working life of the Chapel can now begin. The ceiling gleamed with its 50,000 plus gold leaves. Studio Carolina Izzo representatives attended the opening and it was an incredibly proud day for us.


Interior Awards 2016

Studio Carolina Izzo Finalist – Interior Awards 2016 


We have finished gilding the ceiling at the new Bishop Selwyn Chapel at Holy Trinity Cathedral.  It looks beautiful and we are very happy to report that we were finalists again, for the Interior Awards 2016.

The Craftsmanship Award went to Andrew Barrie Lab & Tezuka Architects for the Cathedral Grammar Junior School – Timber Structure, and we congratulate them.  We were in good company for this award.

The Awards were held at St Matthew-In-The-City and a great night was had by all.

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Here is a photo of a very proud team from Studio Carolina Izzo.