Professor Christina Young
- Professor of Conservation and Technical Art History (History of Art)
My main research areas are on:
The history and significance of painted stage cloths (The Power To Transform)
Crack formation and fatigue in painted wooden cultural heritage (IMPASTOW)
Photonic Imaging Strategies for Technical Art History and Conservation (PISTACHIO)
I aim also leading a three year training and treatment project in the Structural Conservation of Paintings on Canvas (Getty Conserving Canvas), which combines technical art history, conservation and curatorial practice.
More details of the research of the Technical Art History Group can be found at https://technicalarthistory.gla.ac.uk/
My other long term research interests are: the conservation of modern and contemporary art, the development of non-invasive monitoring techniques, methods/materials for structural conservation, and history of painted canvas in fine and decorative art, theatre and performance, social, political and a religous context.
At present I welcome PhD applications in the area of
1. Painted Stage Cloths and Theatrical Design:
Fees only Hunterian Scholarship available for research into the Tradition and Innovation in Scottish Scenic Art.
Fees only Textile Conservation Foundation Scholarship available for research into the Materials and Conservation of the Normansfield Theatre Scenery.
2. Mechanics of Painted Cultural Heritage
3. Conservation of Modern & Contemporary Art (including Gecko Inspired Dry Adhesives in Conservation).
2021 AHRC CApCo Grant (Equipping the Vision of Kelvin Hall) in collaboration with The Hunterian (£415,000)
2018-2021 Getty Foundation Grant (Conserving Canvas) in collaboration with The Hunterian (£115,000).
2019-2021 AXA Foundation (Gecko Inspired Dry Adhesives) in collaboration with The Hunterian (£226,500)
2018-2022 EPSRC Grant (PISTACHIO) in collaboration with Heriot Watt University and The Hunterian (£1,000,000).
2017-2021 Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship (Power To Transform - £165,000).
2017-2021 EPSRC Grant (IMPASTOW) in collaboration with Imperial College and the National Trust (£652,000).
2012-16 Getty Foundation Panel Paintings Initiative ($231,000).
2012 Courtauld Research Forum for a two-day conference on Painted Cloths (£5000).
2007-2009 EPSRC/AHRC: Designing for the C21st in Art and Architecture in collaboration with Warwick University (£322,000).
2007-2008 London Universities Knowledge Exchange Seed Fund (£5000).
- Internal Supervisor for Daniel Sanchez Villavicenio. PhD entitled "Kennings Tradde Union Banners: Materials and Conservation"
- Internal Supervisor for Tess Viser. PhD entitled "The Glasgow Boys".
- Sanchez Villavicencio, Daniel
Understanding Flexible Painted Textiles through the Characterisation of Glasgow Museums’ George Kenning’s Banners
- Visser, Tess
An examination and comparison of the materials and techniques used by the Glasgow Boys and Matthijs Maris in late nineteenth-century Britain.
- Wu, Yunong
Global Transformation and Regional Reception: Collecting Practice of Mounted Chinese Porcelain in 19th-Century Britain
Director of the Centre for Conservation and Technical Art History
Convener of the MLitt programme in Technical Art History:
Convener of the MLitt: Testimonies
Convener of the MLitt: AIM 1
Convener of the MLitt: AIM 2
Convener of the MLitt: The Authentic Artwork
Convener of the Senior Honours History of Art/Theatre Studies Joint course "Setting The Scene"
(Senior Honours History of Art : Kirchner & Co.)
Visiting Fellow to Imperial College, London (2013-2025)
Member of the Institute of Physics, MInstP.
Fellow of the Int. Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, FIIC
Getty Guest Scholar at the Getty Conservation Institute (2010)
2021-2024 External Examiner - Conservation Department at Northumbria University
2020-2021 Member of two Getty Foundation Expert Panels
2020 Extenal Assessor for REF 2020 Northumbria University
2018-2020 Member of the Getty Foundation Conserving Canvas Symposium Steering Committee.
2016-2018 Member of the advisory board for the Climate4Wood project underway at Netherlands Science Foundation (NWO).
2013-2017 UK management committee member for EU-COST Action WoodMUSIK.
1997-present Advisor, examiner, reviewer and external interviewer for leading institutions, journals and funding bodies including the EPSRC, AHRC, School of Conservation, Copenhagen, University of Melbourne, and EU funding Actions.
Public Engagement and Outreach
- INSIGHT lunchtime public talks for the Hunetrian: Stubbs/ John Knox
- Demonstration Videos for Scienec of the Sofa Glasgow Science Festival 2020.
- Widening Participation Session at The Hunterian with Drumchapel School (Mary Queen of Scots) 2019.
- Demonstration Stall at Glasgow Science Festival 2019: James Watt and Flaky Paint
- Demonstration Lecture: Contemporary Art Needs Contemporary Science
- Demonstration Lecture : From Manet to Mars Bars
Invited Workshops and Lectures
- Canvas Complexity: Yale University Art Gallery Internal Cinserving Canvas Symposium 2019
- Biaxial Tensile Testing and Canvas Sand Box Session: Yale University 2019
- Using DIC to Develop an Experimental Methodology for Measuring Moisture Induced Fatigue in Panel Paintings, 10th Int. Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh Sept. 2015.
- Playing Historical Clarinets: Quantifying The Risk”, Int. Conference on the Playability of Historic Wooden Instruments, Royal College of Music, London Sept. 2015.
- The Potential Use of Tomography for the Measurement of Historical Wooden Objects at a COST Tomography Workshop Nuremburg 20-21st May 2015.
- The Measurement of Strain Concentrations Induced in Wooden Clarinets from Breath Moisture using Digital Image Correlation-Preliminary Experimental Results” at a COST Experimental Mechanics and Modelling Conference in Dresden, 26th-29th May 2015.
- Cultural Heritage Workshop presentation on my cross disciplinary present and future research aimed at initiating new research collaborations between the arts and science of the South Kensington Campus and beyond, Imperial College 11th Feb 2015.