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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Graciela Ainsworth (b. 1960)

Sculptor, stone carver and conservator. She studied sculpture at the University of Northumbria (1979–82), and conservation and restoration at the City and Guilds of London Art School (1982–85). After working for Plowden & Smith and Taylor Pearce Restoration Services Ltd, she established Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation in 1989 and is its current director. Major restoration projects have included the heraldic panels at Scone Palace, Perthshire (2010–12), the five bronze monuments in Paisley town centre (2013), and the plaster cast collection of Glasgow School of Art (2009), many parts of which required further restoration work after large parts of the Mackintosh Building were gutted by fire in May 2014.

Bibliography: Graciella Ainsworth website (and CV provided by the artist); P. McEwan, The Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, 2004; R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (2 vols), Liverpool, 2018, vol. 1, pp. xxx, 23, 25, 30, 31, 32, 75, 272, 281, 337, 420, 428, 429, 442, 443, 458, 459, vol. 2, pp. 21, 185, 215, 406, 495, 510; P. Usherwood et al, Public Sculpture of North-East England, Liverpool, 2000, pp. 108–09, 205–06.

Ray McKenzie 2018