The restoration of a Broadgate art icon

In need of some soul-boosting art this month? Then take a trip to 10 Exchange Square’s lower lobby and revel in the newly restored, vibrant woven tapestry by artist Marta Rogoyska: For George's Sake which is packed full of bold and colourful geometric shapes

What makes the tapestry even more special in 2017 is that it underwent a painstaking hand-cleaning treatment by Zenzie Tinker Conservation's team in August 2016. Complete with new fixings and backboards, the restoration ensures For George's Sake remains as bold and beautiful as when it was first created by Marta in 1981.

Originally commissioned for the nursery of a country house, it’s a vibrant blast of colour with creative iconography that continues to suggest imaginative journeys through an exotic forest laden with foliage and wild animals.

It’s also a testament to Broadgate’s mission to take care of our world-class art. In consultation with our art curator Rosie Glenn, artists and specialist conservation teams, we review each piece in detail to ensure they’re maintained and kept in tip-top condition. If you're looking for some warmth and colour to put a spring in your step then Marta Rogoyska’s is an excellent place to start.

For George's Sake by Marta Rogoyska is at the lower lobby of 10 Exchange Square

About the artist

Having studied Fine Art at Leeds University, and Tapestry at the Royal College of Art in London, Marta Rogoyska (born UK 1950) combines both disciplines to create exuberant textile based designs.

Represented in several major public collections, including the Crafts Council in the UK and the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, she has created commissions for a range of clients including the BBC and British Medical Association. Now based in America, Rogoyska has worked at some of Europe’s major tapestry houses, including England’s acclaimed West Dean Tapestry Studio.

About the conservation team

Zenzie Tinker Conservation undertakes a complete range of conservation treatments for historic and modern textiles, tapestry and costume for institutions and private individuals. Working to the highest technical and ethical standards, they also provide display and storage solutions for collections.

Established in Brighton in 2003, they have a wealth of collective experience working in the conservation profession in museums, historic houses and private collections around the world.  

Projects such as the conservation of the Lady Macbeth beetle wing dress (originally created in 1888) have garnered international press attention. The studio has recently been featured in The Guardian newspaper in connection with conservation of the funeral effigies at Westminster Abbey.

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