Call for papers: George Stubbs and wax painting

Royal Museums Greenwich
Symposium on George Stubbs and Wax Painting

This symposium will combine talks on Stubbs’ painting technique and the conservation treatment of his works in the morning with a discussion of the conservation challenges raised by wax paintings in the afternoon. Papers are invited on aspects of Stubbs painting method or on wax painting more generally, as well as on approaches to conservation.

23 Sep 2016
15 Mar 2016

BAPCR Conference 2016: A Changing Art: Nineteenth-Century Painting: Practice and Conservation

British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers (BAPCR)

Deadline for abstract submissions: 29 February 2016

The BAPCR (British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers) is pleased to announce the call for papers for their forthcoming conference in October 2016: A Changing Art: Nineteenth-Century Painting Practice and Conservation, Friday 7 October 2016, the Wallace Collection, London.

7 Oct 2016
29 Feb 2016

Book review: Cennino Cennini’s Il Libro dell’arte A new English translation and commentary with Italian transcription by Lara Broecke

Front cover, Copyright 2015 Archetype Publications Ltd

A welcome addition to the conservator’s bookshelf is this new translation of Il Libro dell’Arte, the seminal writings about late medieval/early Renaissance painting techniques as observed by Cennino d’Andrea Cennini (c. 1370 – c. 1440). The unfinished Italian treatise is a study of art materials and their uses, spread over 245 chapters that cover an encyclopedic range of topics from choosing the right kind of chicken bones to burn and grind into a white ground layer, to how to cast a death mask.

Gold for Paradise - Gustav Klimt’s gilding technique for the Beethoven Frieze by Alexandra Matzner

Gustav Klimt, Beethoven Frieze: Knight, 1901-2, Casein, gold and aluminium foil, cut opaline glass buttons, chalk, graphite, Secession, Vienna, Photo: Austrian Federal Monuments Office.

Among the most famous works of Gustav Klimt’s (1862-1918) “Golden Period” is doubtlessly his Beethoven Frieze. The mural was created as a temporary decorative painting for the 14th Vienna Secession exhibition, which was on display from 15th April to 27th June 1902. The exhibition room housing Max Klinger’s Beethoven statue was designed by 20 Secession artists as well as one female artist. Following the end of the presentation, the frieze was meant to be demolished like all of the other temporary artworks.

Plastic Fantastic! An emerging conservator working with modern materials - by Emily Hick


When I first graduated from Northumbria University with a MA in Conservation of Fine Art in 2013, I didn’t think that a year later I would be sitting in a studio in Edinburgh, trying to figure out the best way to store a condom. I had imagined repairing 19th-century prints, humidifying old maps and washing watercolours, but working with modern materials? The thought hadn’t even crossed my mind.

The 6th International Architectural Paint Research Conference 2017 - Call for Papers

Powers of Ten: Expanding the APR Toolbox

Like the Charles and Ray Eames 1977 short film, Powers of Ten, Architectural Paint Research (APR) deals with magnitudes of scale, from a single pigment particle, to a painted house, to the decorative tastes of an entire region. In the spirit of the film, the 2017 APR conference aims to take a closer look at how we carry out our research at every level, from the micro to the macroscopic.

15 Mar 2017 to 17 Mar 2017
15 Feb 2016

Conference - Historic and Modern Assemblages: Treatments of Wood Based Multimedia Artworks/Interiors in Context

Joint Interim Conference of the ICOM-CC Working Groups: Wood, Furniture, and Lacquer and Sculpture, Polychromy, and Architectural Decoration, in association with the German Association of Conservator-Restorers (VDR) Specialty Group: Furniture and Wooden Artifacts

Hosted in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

8 Apr 2016 to 10 Apr 2016

Artist Interview Workshops - Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA)

VoCA's Artist Interview Workshops aim to educate conservators, curators, educators, and their colleagues on the methodology and skills required to conduct successful artist interviews and gather knowledge essential to art preservation. In 2016, the dates and locations for the workshops will be as follows:

April 14-15, 2016
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

June 16-17, 2016
Denver Art Museum

14 Apr 2016 to 17 Jun 2016
1 Mar 2016

Montefiascone Project Summer 2016

Montefiascone is a small medieval walled city about 100 k (80 miles) north of Rome, on Lake Bolsena. Since 1988, conservators and others interested in books and their history have come together to work, to learn and to enjoy this special place. Participants come to enjoy the medieval architecture, friendly people, a clean accessible lake, books and scholarship. The Montefiascone Project is a non-profit making organisation, set up to fund the restoration of the Library of the Seminario Barbarigo in Montefiascone.

Courses for Summer 2016:

25 Jul 2016 to 19 Aug 2016


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