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The Painting + Restoration Studio specialises in the conservation and restoration of paintings, surveys and collections care, as well as commissioned works of art.

Brian McLaughlin helps uncover "sleeper" hidden inside the Frame of picture by famous Scottish Artist Joan Eardley!!......CLICK HERE  to find the full story as featured in GLASGOW HERALD, 5/11/2008..........

and CLICK HERE  to also view the story as it appeared in BBC NEWS HOME PAGE on the same day.

Senior conservator Brian McLaughlin holds a BA (Hons) degree in Drawing and Painting from Glasgow School of Art, a post-graduate MA Fine Art Conservation degree from the University of Northumbria and is also an ACR accredited paintings conservator through the Institute of Conservation (ICON). This conservation practice is included in the Conservation Register, maintained by the Institute of Conservation. Brian McLaughlin has over ten years experience with private and public conservation institutions as well as international experience.

The aim of the studio is to be accessible to the wider public as well as private collections, galleries, museums and large institutions. The working practice of the studio is spectrum wide, ranging from restoring small disfiguring scratches to treating large extensive cosmetic and structural damages.

The choice of services available to clients are:


  • picture cleaning, varnish removal, tear and structural repair, varnishing, in-painting, condition reporting and conservation re-framing.
  • collections care advice, condition surveys, improvement of storage and display methods, housekeeping programmes, handling advice, workshop organisation and supervision.
  • paint analysis, pigment identification, media analysis and other scientific investigative tools are offered on a contract basis.
  • logistical hanging problems, planning and management of installation and de-installation of pictures, transportation and packing supervision.


When approaching any conservation project, the studio’s aim is to treat all works of art as sensitively as is workable. Reversibility is the cornerstone of studio practice and the studio will approach the problem with as non-interventive an approach as possible, whilst maintaining the necessary highest conservation standards combined with high quality work to enable repair and preservation.

The studio supports a ‘Picture Clinic’ where members of the public have the opportunity to talk to an experienced accredited conservator about the condition of their paintings.



Further information can be found at:

Brian McLaughlin BA (Hons) MA ACR-Painting + Restoration Studio

WASPS STUDIO 108, 77 Hanson Street, Glasgow, G31 2HF.

Tel: 0141 551 8401 Email: