Restoration of cathedral artworks complete

St Paul's Cathedral conservation committee chairwoman Dr Stella Cullington stands in front of some of the church's restored paintings yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
St Paul’s Cathedral conservation committee chairwoman Dr Stella Cullington stands in front of some of the church’s restored paintings yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.

St Paul’s Cathedral restoration of artworks complete

St Paul’s Cathedral conservation committee chairwoman Dr Stella Cullington is wondering what to do with herself now the church’s art restoration project is complete.

Dr Cullington has been fundraising, painting, installing wall boards, and putting in LED lighting since embarking on the project almost a year ago.

Prompted by the need to fix four oil paintings which had been stained with tearing and abrasions, Dr Cullington decided to dig out the whole collection.

”I thought ‘why not do all the paintings?”’

In total, more than 100 artworks were restored.

The oil paintings, featuring New Zealand’s first Anglican bishop, Bishop George Selwyn, Dunedin’s first Anglican bishop, Bishop Samuel Nevill, and an early depiction of the church, were sent to Takaka for restoration.

The rest, including paintings, sketches and photographs, were touched up by a local restorer, Dr Cullington said.

The committee raised $20,000 for the project.

A third of that came from a market day at the church and a concert at her home in Company Bay, Dr Cullington said.

The rest came from the Otago Community Trust, the Callis Charitable Trust, the Perpetual Trust and the Guardian Trust.

General wear and tear, as well as environments with uncontrolled humidity and temperature, had led to the damage.

An opening of the cathedral gallery will be held on August 28.

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