Pip Laurenson is Head of Collection Care Research at Tate. She develops, leads and supports research at Tate into the care, conservation and management of Tate’s collections. She has over twenty years’ experience in the conservation of contemporary art, beginning her career in Sculpture Conservation and going on to establish and lead Time-based Media Conservation from 1996 to 2010. She has led a number of major research initiatives for Tate, including Inside Installations (2004–7), Collecting the Performative (2012–14), Matters in Media Art (2004–ongoing) and New Approaches to the Conservation of Contemporary Art (2015–19). She has secured research awards from a range of funders including private foundations, the European Union’s framework programme and the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. Pip Laurenson is currently working with colleagues across Tate to develop a vision for research that takes its lead from evolving art and museum practices.
Her expertise is in contemporary art conservation. She is an accredited member of the Institute of Conservation, a trustee of the National Heritage Science Forum and a member of the steering committee for the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (INCCA). In addition to sitting on Tate’s doctoral training board she is also a member of the steering committee for the doctoral training centre in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA). In January 2016 Pip Laurenson was awarded a special chair as Professor of Art, Collection and Care at Maastricht University.