Perseus series conservation receives new funding

Grant from The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation marks another important milestone


The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded Southampton City Art Gallery £3,600 to conserve three frames in the well-loved Perseus series by Edward Burne-Jones. The grants form part of the foundation’s active grant programme, and support arts and culture projects. This year’s recipients will also include a number of projects promoting the appreciation, preservation and conservation of heritage and fine arts.

This is the latest in a series of initiatives designed to restore one of the gallery’s most famous set of works. In 2013, due to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation's generosity, the entire Perseus series were re-glazed with low-reflective Optium acrylic. In 2014 the generosity of the Idlewild Trust, NADFAS (Hampshire and Isle of Wight area) and The Friends of Southampton’s Museums, Archives and Galleries (FoSMAG) enabled the conservation treatment of the frames of Perseus & the Sea Nymphs, The Death of Medusa (II) pictured left and The Doom Fulfilled, by freelance conservator Tom Proctor. 

Tate Britain are looking to borrow four of the works of art on paper for their forthcoming Burne-Jones exhibition in 2018 including The Death of Medusa (II).  Thanks to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation’s kind gift, the gallery will now be able to restore frames of the other works The Finding of Medusa, The Death of Medusa (I), and Atlas Turned to Stone.

Taking in to account the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation’s generous gift, there is now just over £3250 left for FoSMAG to raise to enable the gallery to conserve all of the frames in the series. You can donate to their appeal by texting FSMG40 £3 to 70070 to donate £3. You can increase the donation to £5 or £10 by changing the amount or alternatively, consider becoming a member of FoSMAG and help them support the city’s rich heritage.