Lizzie Neville [centre] with current and past interns
Lizzie Neville ACR is a book conservator with a huge amount of experience working with numerous organisations, she now has her own studio working with both private and institutional clients and has worked with many artists in the making of their limited edition books.
She formed and is director of PZ Conservation. Under her guidance PZ Conservation provides training opportunities for conservator-restorers and archivists to develop and improve skills. They open up opportunities for collaboration between trainees and libraries, museums, archives, corporate and private collections, with emphasis on regions, organisations or minority groups who are less able to access the support of heritage professionals. They also aim to raise awareness and educate, through an interactive approach, the public and afore-mentioned organisations, on the roles conservation-restoration plays in the preservation of cultural heritage and the value of information access.
Lizzie Neville says “PZ Conservation is very excited about working on another collaborative arts and heritage project with Bernard Irwin and Jesse Leroy Smith for the “Tinth” anniversary.
We have already worked together on two other successful projects; the PRINT exhibition and workshops at the Exchange Gallery, Penzance and Travelogue KerNOW, the touring print and binding workshop programme. Both these projects show how well we can bring together arts and heritage practitioners to create something that merges creative experience with a greater understanding of heritage crafts plus getting people to participate in making unique works about their communities.
From our point of view there are added bonuses as a project like this provides a showcase for the work our own organisation does in training and outreach. It also provides a fantastic opportunity for our HLF funded conservation trainees to gain first hand experience of community engagement activities and to exchange skills with the artists and gain an understanding of how they go about visualising the material collected.”