painting restoration



Katya is a freelance paintings conservator and restorer based in London. Her formal postgraduate conservation training was at the Courtauld Institute of Art from 2007 to 2010. Whist at the Courtauld, Katya was the first recipient of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Society (NADFAS) scholarship. She has also completed an Internship in the Restoration of Fine and Decorative Arts at the Foundation of Ricardo de Espirito Santo Silva in Lisbon.

For over eight years Katya has been refining her specialist skills working under the guidance of leading accredited paintings conservators: Sarah Cove (founder of the Constable Research Project), Katherine Ara Ltd. and Julia Nagle Ltd. Katya has extensive experience of treating paintings from the 15th to the 21st century. She has experience of working in some of the major museum and heritage collections such as the Tate Gallery and the National Trust. Katya is a regular freelance conservator at the National Portrait Gallery since 2013. She collaborates with accredited painting and paper conservators, framers, liners and panel specialists in the private, heritage and museum sectors. Her past and present clients include the National Portrait Gallery, The Household Cavalry Regiment as well as private clients, historic houses and churches.

In 2013 Katya set up her own private practice. The south west London studio is
secure and well equiped to treat a wide range of paintings.

 Katya is also a trained fine artist. Her first degree was in Fine Art and Art History at Goldsmith’s College, University of London (2006). Earlier, Katya received formal art training from Igor Ermolov, Member of the USSR Guild of Artists and had completed an Anatomy for Artists course at University College London.  


   British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers (BAPCR) committee member

   Institute of Conservation (ICON)

   The International Council of Museums (ICOM)


    2007       Zena Walker (NADFAS) Scholarship

    2002       First Prize, the Open Contemporary Art Competition  "Inspiration", sponsored by AGFA.


    2007        Royal Artillery, painting commemorating duties as Queen’s Guards

    2007        Illustration for Egoista, quarterly art magazine for the Portuguese Design Centre,


    2007       Solo exhibition at MADCAP Theatre, Wolverton, United Kingdom
    2003       Rakhmaninov Evening hosted by the London Symphony Orchestra at
Milton Keynes Theatre,
                  United Kingdom

    2002       The Open Contemporary Art Competition "Inspiration" sponsored by AGFA, Dunstable,
                  United Kingdom
Exhibition of contemporary British and Ukranian artists at Leicester City Gallery, Leicester,
                  United Kingdom
Exhibition of contemporary British and Ukranian artists at Leicester City Gallery, Leicester,
                  United Kingdom

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