Kendall Francis

Kendall Francis received a BA joint honours degree in Fine Art and Art History from Plymouth University and a PGDIP in Easel Painting Conservation from The Courtauld Institute of Art. She is currently a Conservation Fellow at the National Gallery, London, and has completed conservation internships in museums and private studios across the UK and Europe. Kendall completed her postgraduate thesis on the materials and techniques of Willem van de Velde the Younger with the Greenwich National Maritime Museum, and is currently undertaking a long-term research project looking into the legacies of colonialism, slavery, and exploitation in artists’ materials. Kendall is also enthusiastic about advancing accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in art heritage for disadvantaged young people and black and ethnic minorities. She participates in multiple heritage diversity and inclusion committees, including engagement and outreach initiatives. She has also recently published an article on the lack of black and minority ethnic representation in UK heritage conservation and the value of including diverse voices. Kendall will be taking up a position as a Conservation intern at The J. Paul Getty Museum in September 2022.