The strongest team of fully qualified sculpture specialists in Scotland.
Having gained a BA Hons in Fine Art from the University of Northumbria, (1979-1982) Graciela went on to train in Conservation at the City & Guilds of London Art School where she was awarded a Diploma in Sculpture Conservation/Restoration, (1982-1985). After spending a year working as a Sculpture Conservator at Plowden & Smith, (1985-1986), Graciela went on to work as a Sculpture Conservator in the Workshop of Taylor Pearce Restoration Services, (1986-1990).
Graciela then founded Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation in 1990 and was Icon/PACR Accredited in 2000. Since 1990 she has spoken at many conferences including events at the Glasgow School of Art, MCAP seminar, the Opening of the Nigg Pictish stone installation at Nigg and an Icon seminar at Hampton Court Palace about the conservation of the Da Maiano renaissance terracotta’s. Articles have also been written in Conservation and Sculpture publications, and she continues to carve and carry out new sculpture commissions at the same time as the sculpture conservation and restoration.
Will joined Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation in 1995.
He studied Town and Regional Planning at Dundee University where he was awarded a BSc (Hons), (1985-1990). He went on to work with Tim Meek Associates, (1993-1995) before starting work as Sculpture Conservator. After 16 years with the company, Will is the longest serving employee. Will is also a nominated First Aider.
Iain joined Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation in 1995.
He was awarded a BSc in Commerce from the University of Edinburgh, (1988-1992) and. Iain handles the administration and logistics of the business as well as the planning for the dismantling, transportation and relocation of sculptures.
Eric started working for Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation as Sculpture Conservator in 2002.
He trained as a Conservation Technician for Jack Fry, New Zealand, (1994-1996) and went on to work as an Assistant Artefact Conservator at the National Museum of Scotland, (1997-1999) before working at the Agricultural Museum of Scotland as an Assistant Artefact Conservator, (2000-2001).
Mairi started working for Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation in 2002.
Mairi studied at the University of Edinburgh where she was awarded an MA (Hons) in History of Art, (1995-1999). Following on from experience gained working at Masons Mortar, (1999-2000) Mairi completed a two year Historic Scotland Building Conservation Fellowship based at the Scottish Lime Centre Trust, (2000-2002).
Jonathan completed an HLF supported ICON internship in Sculpture Conservation based at Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation, (2007-2008) and on completion of the internship was taken on as a full time employee in 2008.
Jonathan studied at Aberdeen University where he was awarded a BSc (Hons) in Geology, (1999-2003). Jonathan first discovered a passion for Sculpture whilst cleaning marble garden statuary at Drummond Castle Gardens as a summer job, (2001-2004). Jonathan is a nominated First Aider.
Sylwia began working for Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation in 2008. Sylwia was ICON accredited in 2012.
She studied at the Nicholas Copernicus University in Torun, Poland where she was awarded an MA Degree specialising in Conservation and Restoration of Stone Sculpture and Architectural Details, (1997-2004). Sylwia was appointed Team Leader of the Katarzyna Polak Conservation Workshop, (2004-2005) and was an Art Handling Supervisor at Tate Liverpool, (2005-2008).
Sophie started working for Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation as a Sculpture Conservator 1999-2001. After maternity leave, she returned to Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation in 2008.
Sophie was awarded a Fine Art Degree at Liverpool University, (1990-1993) and went on to work at the Sculpture Department of the National Museums and Galleries of Merseyside Conservation Centre, (1994-1997). Sophie also completed a St. Mary’s Cathedral Stonemasonry Apprenticeship, (1997-1999).
Csilla began working for Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation in 2003.
She studied Fine Arts in Lublin (1988-1993), she was then awarded a degree in the Conservation and Restoration of Stone Sculpture and Architectural Ornament at the Fine Arts Academy in Warsaw (1994-2001) Csilla also studied through 1998 at the Archeology Department at Warsaw University. From 1995 to 2002 Csilla gained experience on projects from Roman marble busts in Warsaw Museum, 16th century limestone doorway in St Laurent, Ukraine, to sandstone gateway at Wilanow Palace, Poland. She has also worked on Unesco conservation sites in Ukraine and Egypt.
Leire Hernandez Gardeazabal
Leire began working for Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation in 2012.
She was awarded a Degree in Conservation & Restoration at the Catalonian School of Conservation & Restoration of Cultural Assets in Barcelona (2001-2004). From 2005 to 2012, Leire worked at the Castilla La Mancha Conservation & Restoration Centre in Toledo where she carried out many important conservation and restoration projects as well as having an advisory role for the Regional Government of Castille La Mancha. Leire specializes in the conservation of polychromed sculpture, paintings and archaeological and metal objects.
Dr. Jonathan Kemp
Jonathan has worked with Graciela Ainsworth since 1991-1996, then as London associate Sculpture Conservator in 1998 – 2000, 2002-2004, 2011 and 2013.
He completed BA(hons) in Philosophy, then went on to Weymouth College where he was awarded the CGLI for Architectural carving and then a PGDip in stone conservation. From 2006 to 2009 Jonathan worked in the V & A Sculpture Conservation department. In 2009-2013 he then completed his PHd in experimental Media Art at the University of Westminster, whilst being a part time tutor in stone conservation at City and Guilds of London Art School.