The passage of time and environments with uncontrolled
humidity and temperature are taking their toll on St Paul's
Cathedral's historic art collection of paintings, etchings
More than 100 artworks, many of which show different aspects
of the cathedral's history, have been catalogued by a
conservation committee as needing restoration.
Committee chairwoman Dr Stella Cullington said she needed to
raise about $13,000 to restore the works and rehang them
''A lot of them are in urgent need of treatment and
While some hang in the dean's foyer, many had been found in
boxes in less-than-ideal nooks and crannies around the
None of the works were by famous artists but all meant
something to the Anglican diocese, including a painting of
the first church on the site, she said.
The oil paintings featuring New Zealand's first Anglican
bishop Bishop George Selwyn and Dunedin's first Anglican
bishop Bishop Samuel Nevill were in the worst state, with
years of dirt, tearing and abrasions affecting their
Restoring those alone would cost more than $6000, she said.
''Both [subjects] had taken services here in their time.''
The plan was for some of the works to be photographed and
digitally enhanced and the digital copy displayed, while the
historic one was archived appropriately.
Most would need to be remounted with modern techniques to
avoid further deterioration, she said.
Dr Cullington had already begun fundraising and was planning
a market day at the cathedral on Saturday afternoon to help
raise funds for the project.