The following article, written by Ann Shaftel, gives us a precious insight in the development of a treatment methodology for Thangka paintings, developed during a career lifespan of over forty years. The author, prompted by a request from an emerging conservator, recalls her choices and explains them in the context of a different time, when methodology for such items was still in its infancy.
Albumen prints are composite objects with complex chemical and physical structures. Different materials lead to very complicated structures, which react and respond differently to external and internal influences. These structures make them more prone to damage as compared to other objects during some conservation treatment processes; a water treatment sometimes is the only alternative available, especially in conserving rare books which are illustrated with albumen prints, and this alternative can affect not only the paper substrate but also the albumen print.
IIC’s fourth Student & Emerging Conservator Conference will be held in Bern on the 12th & 13th October 2017. Following on from the successful 2015 (Warsaw), 2013 (Copenhagen) and 2011 (London) Student & Emerging Conservator Conferences this conference will allow those at the start of their professional journeys the chance to discuss and explore the way ahead. The title of the 2017 conference is inspired by the Swiss educational philosopher Joachim Pestalozzi, whose credo of 'Learning with Head, Heart, and Hands' is also very applicable to the conservation profession.
For registration and more details please go to https://www.iicbern2017.ch
The Emmanuel Centre, Westminster
Registration for the Gels in Conservation conference, London, 16 - 18th October 2017, has now opened. This conference is organised by IAP in association with Tate. It will be a gathering of conservators, conservation and other scientists, and students of conservation to present and discuss the theory and practical use of gels in various branches of conservation (paintings, paper, wall paintings, textiles, museum objects etc).
The 2018 AICCM Book, Paper & Photographic Materials Symposium will be held 20-23 November 2018, at Melbourne Museum in Melbourne, Australia.
This is a first call for papers and other contributions.
The Book and Paper Group (BPG) of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) seeks abstracts for the 46th Annual Meeting, held in Houston, TX, USA, May 29 through June 2, 2017.
One-day conference at the Institute of Latin American Studies, Senate House, London November 17, 2017
Professor Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Professor of Art History and Art Conservation at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.
Professor Valerie Fraser, Professor Emerita in School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex.
A three year PhD home/EU fees only studentship (funded by The Hunterian) is available within the Technical Art History Group (TAHG) in the College of Arts at the University of Glasgow. The core research theme is "Scottish Stage Designers: Tradition and Innovation". The student will be supervised by Dr. Christina Young in collaboration with The Hunterian. The research will draw upon both private and public collections/archives in Glasgow and London.
The Edward James Foundation is a charitable educational trust located on the 6,400 acre West Dean Estate in beautiful West Sussex countryside near Chichester, specialising in creative and applied arts. As well as being a respected educational institution, the historic house and collections, the stunning grounds and gardens open to the public, and the year round events and exhibitions make West Dean truly unique.
The Royal Collection contains an unparalleled collection of nearly 8,000 paintings and 3,000 miniatures.