Aalia is an established easel paintings conservator whose QEST award enabled her to undertake a 12-month internship in paintings conservation at the Victoria & Albert Museum. She will be working on the Europe Galleries Project where she will learn new skills from experts in the areas of Science, Frames and Paper, and have the chance to treat some important V&A paintings. Throughout the duration of her apprenticeship she will complete 3 full treatments and small interventions, as well as prepare loan works and exhibitions.
Prior to applying for her QEST award, Aalia completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation of Easel Paintings at the Hamilton Kerr Institute at Cambridge University. She also holds a BA in History of Art from University of Bristol and an MSc in Advanced Architectural Studies at University College London. She has worked previously as a project conservator at the headquarters of The Clothworkers’ Company where she undertook remedial and preventative conservation treatments on the Clothworkers’ collection of paintings. Previous to that she worked as a researcher at the Department of Culture, Media & Sport for The National Audit Office where she developed a keen interest in the heritage and arts sector.