Thangka Treatments: Forty Years Hindsight by Ann Shaftel

A Buddhist teacher looking at the two thangkas, still in their original textile mountings, in my studio, 1995. ©Ann Shaftel

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.

Physical and Chemical Effects of Water on Albumen prints by Sherif Afifi

Albumen print sample immersed in distilled water for 15 minutes. ©Sherif Afifi

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 2017 Student & Emerging Conservator Conference – Head, Hands & Heart

Head, hands & heart © HKB 2017

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

12 Oct 2017 to 13 Oct 2017

Gels in Conservation Conference

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).

16 Oct 2017 to 18 Oct 2017

2018 AICCM Book, Paper & Photographic Materials Symposium

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.

20 Nov 2018 to 23 Nov 2018
31 Oct 2017

AIC 46th Annual Meeting - Book and Paper Group Call for Papers

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.

29 May 2018 to 2 Jun 2018
15 Sep 2017

The Cultural Legacy of the Jesuits in Latin America - Call for Papers

One-day conference at the Institute of Latin American Studies, Senate House, London November 17, 2017

Keynote participants
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.

17 Nov 2017
11 Sep 2017

PhD Studentship

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.

Application deadline: 
30 Oct 2017

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Conservation of Metals

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.

Application deadline: 
31 Aug 2017

Paintings Conservator (Survey)

The Royal Collection contains an unparalleled collection of nearly 8,000 paintings and 3,000 miniatures.

Application deadline: 
21 Aug 2017


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