NEON ART CONSERVATION was created in 2018 from the willingness of five conservator-restorers who ambitioned to develop their activity in the safeguarding of modern and contemporary art. NEON aims to fill the gap in the current panorama of conservation and restoration of unconventional materials such as plastics, rubbers and photographs, among others, but also offers solutions for traditional materials and supports such as paintings and paper. In colaboration with the Department of Conservation and Restoration from Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (DCR, FCT NOVA), NEON is committed to apply scientific research and knowledge of materials as a ground for the development of a rigorous and demanding work. NEON's mission is the preservation of cultural heritage through the provision of reliable technical services and the development of innovative solutions. It also aims to contribute to the material, technical and artistic knowledge about modern and contemporary art, valuing the profession of the conservator-restorer.
Élia Roldão is a photograph conservator, holding a degree in Conservation and Restoration from the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar (2000), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Chemistry to Cultural Heritage from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (2007). She began her specialization in photography in 2000, when she started working at Luís Pavão Lda (LUPA). Between 2000 and 2010 she participated in several projects at LUPA, having carried out collections inventory, preservation, conservation and restoration treatments, cataloging, description, scanning, and project and team management. In 2010, she participated in a research project held at the Arquivo Histórico Ultramarino and funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology, on the photographic collection produced by Gago Coutinho during an expedition in Africa. Currently, she is finishing her PhD in Conservation Sciences at DCR, FCT NOVA. Her thesis focuses on the study of the condition of black and white nitrate and cellulose acetate negatives, from collections of several national archives.
Joana Silva is a photograph conservator, holding a Master's degree in Conservation and Restoration by the FCT NOVA (2009). She worked at the company Luís Pavão Lda. (LUPA) between 2009 and 2013, having been part of the conservation team of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Art Library. Her experience in LUPA enabled her to work in the inventory of collections, image description, selection for digitization, dust removal, conservation and restoration treatments (chemical and physical stabilization), management of storage areas, organization and mounting of exhibitions, development of training actions, research on old photographic processes (wet collodion, negative reinforcement, etc.), among others. She is finishing her doctorate degree in Conservation Sciences by FCT NOVA, studying the photographic and filmic estate of the artist Ângelo de Sousa. This extended contact with scientific research allowed her to reinforce the scientific formation and to consolidate an in depth knowledge on photographic materials.
Sara Babo is a paintings and contemporary art conservator holding a Master's degree in Conservation and Restoration (2009) from FCT NOVA. Between 2006 and 2008, she worked for Argo - Conservation and Restoration company. In 2008 she was a Research Fellow at DCR (FCT NOVA), having participated in the production of Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso's raisonné catalog, and contributing to the study of the artist's materials and techniques. In 2010, she was a Fellow of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (FCG) and the Luso-American Foundation, and carried out a research project on cleaning methods for acrylic and plastic paints at the Museum Conservation Institute of the Smithsonian Institution. Between 2010 and 2014, she was an assistant in the Paintings Conservation and Restoration classes at DCR (FCT NOVA), also performing conservation services to institutions such as Paula Rego House of Stories, Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Millennium-BCP, Centro de Arte Moderna da FCG, among others. She is currently finishing her PhD in Conservation Science at FCT NOVA, investigating acrylic sculptures.
Sílvia Sequeira is a graphic documents conservator, holding a PhD in Conservation and Restoration of Heritage - Specialization in Conservation Sciences, from FCT NOVA. Her research career has been guided by the persuing of sustainable innovative conservation treatments. She has also gained extensive experience into the practice of conservation and restoration of graphic documents and in preventive conservation of various types of collections at the Institute for Tropical Scientific Research (2005-2011). Since 2005, she has been teaching and supervising Master's theses at FCT NOVA about preventive conservation, conservation of graphic documents and biodeterioration of paper. In 2011-2012, she was also a teacher in the bachelor degree at the School of Decorative Arts - Ricardo Espírito Santo Foundation. Throughout her career she has also participated in several conservation and restoration projects concerning contemporary art. She is currently a postdoc researcher on CleanART project, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology, where she is developing an innovative method for cleaning fungal stains from documents and works of art on paper.
SUSANA FRANÇA DE SÁ
Susana França de Sá is a contemporary art conservator. She holds a PhD in Conservation Science from FCT NOVA (2017), which is focused on the preservation of polyurethane foams and films. Since 2009, her research has been focused on ageing studies of synthetic polymers such as plastics, rubbers, foams, films and fibers, and on the development of preservation strategies for their long-term stability. Her professional and research experience allowed her to acquire a broad knowledge on the behavior of these "unconventional" materials, widely used by artists and designers from the 20th century onwards. Throughout her career, she has worked with collections such as Caixa Geral de Depósitos, MUDE - Museu do Design e da Moda, Colecção Francisco Capelo, Museu Colecção Berardo, and Museu do Benfica - Cosme Damião. Her tasks have included the production of documentation for complex installation artworks, the development and implementation of storage strategies for plastics, and the study of stabilization and consolidation treatments for foams and rubbers. Since February (2018), she is an Invited Assistant Professor at the DCR (FCT NOVA).