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About us


Restoration Conversations advocates and documents the ‘restoration’ of women’s creative achievements in all fields, through art conservation, digital programmes and conferences, in partnership with museums, universities, technical schools and other institutions of renown.


It is sponsored by Calliope Arts, an organisation created in 2021 by Margie MacKinnon and Wayne McArdle to promote and expand public knowledge and appreciation of art, literature and social history from a female perspective, through restorations, exhibitions, education and cultural initiatives. Calliope Arts is based in London and carries out many of its programmes in Florence.


The Restoration Conversations project, led by author and former director of Advancing Women Artists, Linda Falcone, supports the publication of a magazine and an internationally broadcast cultural programme of the same name. 

Header photo: Kirsten Hills, ‘Tools of the trade’, Rossella Lari’s conservation studio in Florence