Emily O'Reilly ACR
I graduated from Camberwell College of Art in 1995 with a BA(HONS) in Paper Conservation, specialising in works of art on paper. I have been working as Paper Conservator since then working in public institutions (Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum of Wales) and a state archive (State Records of NSW, Australia) as well as a private paper conservation studio in the UK.
I work for collectors, dealers, private clients and public institutions. From a single item with huge personal significance to large collections. I carry out conservation treatment such as cleaning, washing and repair and conservation framing. I am happy to give an estimate if you send me a photograph and measurements. I then provide a written fixed quote once I have examined the item.
I enjoy collecting art myself, with a particular interest in works of art on paper. I am interested in art and regularly visit art galleries. I have enjoyed making art myself and love creating with my hands. Paper conservation brings together all of my passions - art, science and practical hands on work.
Please take a look at my website for more information.
I am very lucky to have found such a miracle worker!
I recently took Emily my collection of contemporary prints to be mounted and framed. She had her work cut out as some had bent corners and one a deep crease right across. Now you cant see any marks whatsoever!
I am so pleased with the results!
I would highly recommend her skills to anyone who has any art conservation needs and will continue to use Emily in the future.
Private Client, CardiffContemporary print collector
Emily always provides a detailed assessment, advice and, where relevant, options for presentation in her estimate. On completion, the photographically illustrated report provides comprehensive documentation of the treatment and journey with the work and is an invaluable addition to the provenance of the artwork. The final account has always mirrored the estimate, even though we have asked that any unexpected variables be factored in. She is unfailingly enthusiastic, fun and generous with her time, always making us feel relaxed and very welcome when we have occasion either to visit or speak with her. We consider ourselves fortunate indeed to have someone with Emily's extensive experience and skills available to us.
Peter and Jane HordleyPembrokeshire and Cardiff March 2021
I was delighted with the work that Emily carried out for me on two Chinese paintings on silk that had become very fragile indeed over the years. From the time I took the pictures to her, I felt that they were in expert hands and very much appreciated being kept abreast of the process throughout.
Private Client, CardiffCollector
BA(HONS) Paper conservation from Camberwell College of Arts 1995 Accredited Conservator-Restorer 2006
1995 - 1997 Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum of Wales, Cardiff 1997 - 1999 Museum Conservation Services, Duxford, Cambs 1999 - 2000 Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum of Wales, Cardiff 2001 - 2005 NSW State Records, Sydney Australia 2005 - 2017 Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum of Wales, Cardiff 2017 - Emily O'Reilly, Private studio