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XpectralTEK: A new path to Art Conservation

XpectralTEK staff portrait. Image courtesy of XpectralTEK.

By António Cardoso

The desire to uncover all the secrets of a painted surface in the attempt to know it better is a common goal among most, if not all, art conservators. This need to understand, in a more profound way, a specific piece of history that we may have in front of our eyes has a deep impact on the way we perceive the world around us.

IIC Congress: CXD Behind the Scenes

Beautifully engineered by hand Planorama at Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. (Images courtesy of Conservation By Design.)

Conservation By Design (CXD) is very proud to be a title sponsor of the IIC Congress this year. The company’s commitment to the sector is evident not only through its pedigree in terms of delivery, but also through its investment in many long-term projects and initiatives that benefit the industry at large.

INTRODUCING CXD

India Live Hub at the IIC Edinburgh Congress

Thanks to the generosity of The Getty Foundation it has been possible to provide 70 free registrations at the IIC Edinburgh Congress Online 'Current Practices and Challenges in Built Heritage Conservation' taking place 2 - 6 November 2020 to conservators and cultural heritage professionals in India. We still have a few places available for conservators and cultural heritage professionals located in India.

Participants will receive:

Deadline: 
27 Oct 2020

Ask a Conservator Day

AIC Ask a Conservator Day Promotional Image

Conservators around the world answer questions about their work on Ask a Conservator Day. The next Ask a Conservator Day will take place on November 18th, 2020. Ask a Conservator day is held in November in remembrance of the flooding of Florence on November 4th, 1966, which damaged priceless cultural heritage. However, in response to the catastrophe, incredible efforts were made—and are still being undertaken—to conserve the items impacted by the flood.

18 Nov 2020

Conservation and Philosophy Symposium

stone carved image of  hand holding book along with symposium title and date

Exploring the intersections and interactions between the two disciplines, providing an opportunity to bring the insights of philosophy to conservation debates around topics including plaster casts and replicas, the re-creation of modern artworks, the reasons why works of art are restored or seen as over-restored, the anthropology of forgery - and many other issues.

26 Nov 2020 to 27 Nov 2020

BEIRUT FINE ART HERITAGE RESCUE: A non-governmental initiative

2020_Beirut_explosions_1. Image by Prachatai. Lisenced under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Original location HERE. https://www.flickr.com/photos/prachatai/50228810618/in/faves-154263974@N03/

The blast in Beirut Port on August 4, 2020 was devastating to the city, its people, its heritage and to the fine art sector. Many artworks are in need of urgent conservation and/or restoration interventions. This sector remains neglected. Beirut’s fine art suffered from severe physical and chemical damages.

Virtual European Days of Conservation-Restoration 2020

For the 3rd consecutive year E.C.C.O. calls Conservator-Restorers from all around Europe to open their " virtual doors" to the public.

Despite the COVID-19 outbreak and the impact it holds at national and international level, the celebration will take place as always in the second week of October.

Conservator-Restorers invite visitors to their " virtual workplaces": Experts from museums, ateliers, private or university studios and workshops, sites and monuments will present the Profession of C-R and their projects to the public.

5 Oct 2020 to 11 Oct 2020

The International Trust for Croatian Monuments: Progress Report

Replication process of a Gothic polychromed wood sculpture of Madonna and Child, which we are doing in memory of a dear friend, Dr Anthea Brook. It is a post-graduate project of a student at the Arts Academy in Zagreb.  Image courtesy of Jadranka  Beresford-Peirse

PROGRESS REPORT
August 2020
Visit to Zagreb and Split February/March 2020

My last year's report was written and sent to our supporters during August/early September 2019. On 16th September last year our dear friend and trustee, Peter Stormonth Darling, suddenly died. This was not recorded in my last year's report and I regret this. I did put a notice on our website, www.croatianmonuments.org, immediately.

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