October 24-26, 2007
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Speakers: Biography

Speaker: Derek Pullen


Derek Pullen

Head of Sculpture Conservation
Tate Collection
United Kingdom

Derek Pullen has been head of the Sculpture Conservation section at Tate for over 20 years. He is responsible for the care and conservation of sculptures and installations in the national collections of British and international modern art including their display at all Tate sites including Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London, as well as Liverpool and St. Ives in Cornwall. He has a master’s degree in environmental media from the Royal College of Art where he has also been visiting tutor on the Conservation course. Specialising in the materials and techniques of modernist sculpture, Pullen has published on key twentieth century sculptors such as Naum Gabo, Medardo Rosso, Jacques Lipchitz, and Barbara Hepworth Pullen provides specialist conservation advice and support for major public sculpture collections, artists and foundations. He is a member of International Institute of Conservation, and accredited conservator member of ICON, the UK national conservation organisation, the general Committee of the Public Monument and Sculpture Association in the UK and the UK representative on the North American and International steering committees of INCCA, the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art -a web based organisation dedicated to sharing previously unpublished information about artists and the conservation of their works.

Derek will present Creative Limits: Applying Finite Element Analysis to Assess Static Stress in a Large-Scale Stone Sculpture by Henry Moore. [Paper]