About Us

Toronto Art Restoration Inc. (TARI) provides conservation and restoration services, such as assessments and treatments, for historical and modern works of art – paintings, sculptures, works on paper, monuments and architectural arts, including murals. We work with private clients, the Canadian government, and corporate organizations. We seek to preserve artifacts so they may live on to be enjoyed for years to come while refreshing the original aesthetic qualities of the artwork.

TARI is a member of The Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property (CAC-ACCR), The Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP-ACECP), The Architectural Conservancy Ontario (ACO), The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC), The American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and The Canadian Association of Personal Property Appraisers (CPA).

Client List


The National Gallery of Canada

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)

The Government of Ontario Art Collection

Archives of Ontario

The Superior Court of Justice

Canadian Parlament Buildings – Public Works

Infrastructure Ontario

CIBC Commerce Court North Heritage Building

RBC Royal Bank of Canada Art Collection

Equitable Bank

North York Civic Centre

Scarborough Civic Centre

Toronto Public Library

City of Toronto

City of Orillia Town Hall

City of Brampton

City of Burlington

City of Cambridge

City of Brantford Public Monuments

Region of Waterloo

City of Windsor

Exhibition Place

Coca-Cola Canada

Bell Canada

Toronto District School Board (TDSB)

Massey College Art Collection

Saint Joseph’s Hospital

Provedance House

Unity Health

McMaster Museum of Art

Guelph University

Upper Canada College

Ridley College

Pickering College

Shangri-La Hotel

Several Masonic Lodges throughout Ontario


The Power Plant

Art Gallery of Peterborough

Art Gallery of Hamilton

Mercer Union, Centre for Contemporary Art

Idea Exchange Art Gallery

Opera Gallery

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Neugerriemschneider Gallery (Berlin)

Revolver Gallery

Albertz Benda New York Gallery

Eart Contemporary Art Gallery – China


St. Augustine’s Seminary

Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, Stratford, ON

Saint Volodymyr Cathedral, Toronto, ON

Our Lady of Lourdes, Toronto, ON

Beth Sholom Synagogue

Holy Martyrs of Japan, Bradford, ON

Prince of Peace, Scarborough, ON

Saint Agnes Kouying Tsao, Markham, ON

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Toronto, ON

Church of the Ascension, Toronto, ON

St. Boniface, Toronto, ON

Saint Mary’s, Toronto, ON

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Toronto, ON

Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Retreat Center, Pickering

Saint Vincent de Paul, Toronto, ON

Holy Family Church, Toronto, ON

The Archdioceses of Toronto

The Archdioceses of London



QuadReal Property Group

Norr Architects

WZMH Architects

CBRE Limited

GWL Realty Advisors

TATER Art Projects

L. E. Glazer Architect Limited

Heritage Restoration Inc.

Historia Building Restoration Inc.

Roof Tile Management Inc.

Cunningham Lindsey Canada Limited

Athena Art Finance Corp.

Dundee Goodman Private Wealth

Ebcor Group Ltd

Artcast Inc.

Madorin, Snyder LLP

First General

FPDR Ltd. Ecclesiastical Designers

Winmar Property Restoration Specialists

INTEGRICON Property Restoration and Construction Group Inc.

Heritage Specialists


Alicia Coutts is the director and head conservator at Toronto Art Restoration Inc. Since 2011, her incorporated private practice has grown to include clients such as The National Gallery of Canada, The Archives of Ontario and PSPC among many other private and government collections. Alicia is accredited by the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP-ACECP) and has extensive experience providing consultations and restoration services for fine art collections, historical monuments, and public artworks throughout Canada. She is a determined advocate for diversity and inclusion in the preservation of Canadian and Indigenous heritage. As the Toronto Regional Representative for the Canadian Association for the Conservation of Cultural Property (CAC-ACCR), Alicia founded the ‘CAC-ACCR Diversity Grant’ to increase support and recognition of underrepresented communities within heritage conservation. Alicia has an MFA from NSCAD University in Halifax and studied conservation at SACI College of Art & Design in Florence, Italy.

Sjoukje van der Laan: Head Conservator


Sjoukje van der Laan works in both museum environments and private practice as an art conservator. She holds a Doctorate Degree (Ph Res), a Master’s Degree, and a Pre-Master Degree in Art Conservation & Restoration of Cultural Heritage & Science from the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands). She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from The University of Groningen (Netherlands). 

Sjoukje worked throughout the Netherlands under the art conservator, Karin van der Lem. She later focused her specialization towards the conservation of artwork from the early 20th century to present – encompassing painting and sculptures.  After, she went on to work in the conservation studios of S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst Gent) in Belgium, the Kunstmuseum Luzern Museum in Switzerland, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, as well as for the art collection of the Dutch government and several regional museums through Ontario. Now that she is settled in Toronto, she is one of the head conservators at Toronto Art Restoration Inc., as well as a contract conservator at The Art Gallery of Ontario. 

In her position at Toronto Art Restoration Inc., Sjoukje holds a managerial role, overseeing the quality control of all conservators, teaching junior conservators and interns, as well as maintaining the chemistry department within the studio. While simultaneously holding a position at the Art Gallery of Ontario, she holds a conservator role, performing treatments on artworks by renowned artists such as Michelangelo Pistoletto, works by General Idea, John Scott, Simon Starling and several artworks from the permanent collection entitled:  “As If Sand Were Stone: Contemporary Latin American Art”. She has performed the condition assessments, documentation, installation, packaging and repackaging, transportation, as well as maintenance cleaning for the following exhibitions: Mystical Landscapes: 37 artists from 14 countries, including Emily Carr, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Georgia O’Keeffe and James McNeill Whistler; Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum; Francis Alÿs: A Story of Negotiation, David Bowie is, Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters and Yayoi Kusama and Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away. Sjoukje also regularly acts as an art conservation courier – travelling with artwork or to pick it up from foreign countries including transporting Rubens across the United States and Canada.


Maki graduated from Queen’s University with a Masters in Art Conservation. Prior to this she gained a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from The Ontario College of Art and Design University. She completed her conservation internship training at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Rustin Levenson Conservation Studio in New York City. She then worked as a conservator in the studios of Janice Passafiume and Anita Henry. Maki has worked in multiple museums such as The McMichael Canadian Art Collection Gallery, restoring several Group of Seven artworks and Musée des beaux-arts du Canada for acquisitions and exhibitions. Over the course of her career, she has conserved paintings ranging from large-scale canvas in historical churches in Quebec to modern artworks by significant Canadian artists such as Morrisseau, Riopelle, and Borduas. 


Rachel Stark is an accomplished objects conservator based in Toronto, Ontario. Beyond her major role at TARI, s he has extensive experience working across Canada in the arts and culture sector, with conservation contracts at major museums. 

A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, Rachel received an honours BFA in drawing and painting with a minor in art history. After several years of honing her artistic abilities, she then went on to complete the Fleming College Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management program, specializing in the conservation of cultural objects. 

Since then, Rachel has worked at the Royal British Columbia Museum, The Reynolds Alberta Museum and The Royal Ontario Museum. In addition to this, Rachel has been the lead conservator on international projects. She has worked alongside conservators at the Museum of Nautical Archeology in Turkey and has been the lead conservation and collections manager for the Marzamemi Heritage Project. She has given presentations on conservation treatments at multiple Pacific Conservation Group conferences and the Archeological Institute of America conference. 

Rachel was a leader in the post-fire disaster management conservation of a collection of First Nation Potlatch regalia (owned by the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation, of Alert Bay BC). Through this experience, Rachel collaborated with the community to develop a temporary exhibit for the Royal British Columbia Museum- Conservation Through Collaboration: Disaster Recovery In Action.


Sahra has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University and a post-graduate diploma at the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts. She also holds a professional trade diploma in millwork from l’École des métiers du meuble de Montréal.

Upon completion of her studies, she worked for Jablonski Building Conservation in New York City, assisting the conservation team in performing analysis and colour investigations. She then relocated to London, England, where she led a team in the photographic, diagnostic and treatment documentation of cast iron, glass and timber during the restoration period of the Temperate House. This was the largest remaining glasshouse in the world and a Grade 1 listed building within the Kew Gardens UNESCO World Heritage Site. She was also recently contracted by ERA Architects to perform an inventory and study of the icons in Ottawa’s historic district from 1970-1990. 

Sahra has worked for various conservation companies on iconic historical sites, public art and monuments throughout the UK and Canada. Some highlighted projects she has participated in include Windsor Castle (Windsor), Westminster Abbey (London), Uphill Manor (Somerset), Battersea Arts Centre (London), Sacred Heart Church (Caterham), Delapre Abbey (Northampton), Gorton Monastery (Manchester)  and Knole House (Kent). She most recently completed an independent project in Hamilton, Ontario, conserving the historic stencilled plaster in the front hall of historic Gage House in Battlefield Park.

Benjamin Oakley: Head Installation, Packaging and Transportation Specialist

Benjamin Oakley has been working as a professional art installer and museum technician in Toronto for over 15 years. He is a passionate visual artist who has developed plans and constructed major exhibitions at The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Gardiner Museum, The Textile Museum, The Power Plant as well as other public and private collections. Oakley has installed artwork for many renowned international artists such as Julian Schnabel, Joni Mitchell, Brian Jungen and Michael Snow. He has also held a major role in the successful installation of large-scale exhibitions such as David Bowie: Is, Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Ai Weiwei: According to What and countless others. Oakley’s extensive art handling experience, knowledge, and personal communication skills has helped him gain the trust of many international artists. He has been appointed to fabricate, install and travel with their artwork as an additional safety procedure for traveling exhibitions. In addition to the fabrication and installation of artwork, Oakley builds high-end custom conservation crates for transportation and storage as well as museum quality vitrine.

Aside from his position as The Head Installation, Packaging and Transportation Specialist at Toronto Art Restoration Inc., Oakley holds a lead installation technician position at the Art Gallery of Ontario.


Dr. John Farrugia has gained a Bachelor of Arts from St Francis Xavier University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University and a Master of Fine Arts and Doctorate in studio sculpture and art history from the Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh. After his studies, John was a professor of sculpture at the Edinburgh College of Arts and later at the Edna Manley College of Visual & Performing Arts. At both locations, he was also the Director of the bronze foundry. 

Since moving back to Toronto in 2011, John opened his bronze casting and restoration workshop, Craganrock Studio Inc. John has been working closely with TARI since 2014 as he performs involved bronze treatments, such as complete striping and re-patination, as well as helping with maintenance procedures, building custom hardware and restoring sculptural armatures. He also maintains a strong private client base, is a specialist contractor to Artcast Inc. and regularly exhibits his artwork.

Josh Dales: Frame and Gilding Conservator

Josh Dales is a highly trained frame conservator specialising in 16th-20th-century European picture frames. He gained his art conservation and frame restoration training in England, where he has worked in some of the most high-profile art institutions and collections in the country. After honing his gilding and restoration skills from a young age in his family business, Colin Dales Fine Art Restoration, he gained his degree in Art Conservation at the City & Guilds of London Art School. Becuase of his exceptional talent he has gone on to hold long term positions at such establishments as The Royal Collection Trust at Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and The Victoria and Albert Museum.

Joseph Farrugia: Historical Researcher and Appraiser


For the last five years, Joseph Farrugia has been performing fine art historical, authenticity, provenance, cultural heritage and financial appraisal studies exclusively for Toronto Art Restoration Inc. (TARI). He is an appraiser, certified by the Canadian Personal Property Appraisal Group (CPPAG). With TARI, Joseph has experience working with several corporate entities and private Canadian and international clients. In 2003, Joseph completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University and also attended the University of Canterbury, where he studied Art History.  Before working with TARI, Joseph was employed for several years as a teacher of Art History.