A Practical Intensive Workshop in Thangka Conservation

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Monday, 20 April, 2020 to Friday, 24 April, 2020

Victoria and Albert Museum

A practical intensive workshop in thangka conservation at the V&A Museum. Over the five-day course participants will focus on the conservation of the painted and textile elements. There will be a mixture of lectures and hands-on workshops to provide practical skills and advice that you can take away and apply to your organisation and collections. Participants will be encouraged to share real-life examples. In addition to the conservation of these composite objects, the lectures will cover the fabrication, introducing the religious context, handling, technical analysis, documentation, storage and display. The lectures will include case studies and examples of a range of thangkas to physically access. It will be an opportunity to benchmark, share current techniques as well as to reflect on changes in approach with experts in the field.

Programme Overview
• Fabrication of the thangka
• Cultural and religious significance
• Documentation and surveying
• Typical deterioration
• Technical analysis
• Conservation treatments
• Display and touring
• Storage

This course is open to a maximum of 15 people. Participants should ideally be professional conservators or conservation students, Conservators that have specialised in object conservation, paintings, paper or textiles conservation. Participants must be able to communicate in written and spoken English.

The course is lead by Teresa Heady & Anne Bancroft

Cost: £600 for the five days booking is essential and spaces are limited

Contact: Anne Bancroft ( a.bancroft@vam.ac.uk ) for further information and booking