Once you've bought your artwork there's a lot more to consider than where to place it. Light, dirt, temperature, humidity and insects are all potential threats to works on paper, film and textiles.
Auckland Art Gallery's Painting Conservator Ingrid Ford and Paper Conservator Camilla Baskcomb know all about it. They spend their days repairing damaged artworks.
Conservation work remains painstaking, despite new techniques and technologies. Ingrid and Camilla are about to give a talk, including conservation tips for art collectors at the Gallery.
Lynn Freeman spoke with them both, first asking Camilla what the difference is between conservation and full restoration: