Lisa Shekede is a London-based wall painting conservator whose career, spanning twenty years, has involved both independent projects and work as a consultant for the Courtauld Institute of Art and the Getty Conservation Institute. The QEST scholarship was invaluable in helping to fund her MA degree on English domestic wall paintings on earthen supports, giving her a solid research foundation for the conservation of these complex and vulnerable paintings.
Since the scholarship she has become established firmly as a free-lance conservator in the UK, and she has also worked extensively overseas. The knowledge and skills acquired during her MA degree have been particularly invaluable on working on domestic wall paintings in the UK and on long-term projects in Bhutan and China, and more recently in Ethiopia. She intends to continue to develop as a conservator in the field both in the UK and abroad.