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Is the repainting of a contemporary mural in the name of restoration ever acceptable? The case of “the Blue Moon Trilogy”

Scott Haskins applying the final varnish anti-graffiti protection layer.  ©

By Scott Haskins

A mural monument, memorialized by the city governments of Los Angeles and Hollywood for the successful research and victory in the fight against AIDS was recently recovered from vandal’s graffiti and Caltrans gray paint, but not without an interesting ethical question raised about the art conservation and restoration measures of this public contemporary art: is the repainting of a contemporary mural in the name of restoration ever acceptable? Here’s the story...

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation Awards First Fellowships

Dawn Ades, Jonathan Ashley-Smith, and Rebecca Salter. Images courtesy of West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation announced its first three fellowships at the College’s 2019 Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, July 13, 2019. The College’s first-ever fellows are Jonathan Ashley-Smith, Rebecca Salter RA and Dawn Ades OBE, who are all active supporters of the College and eminent in their sphere. The fellows joined students graduating with degrees and diplomas, from foundation, graduate and professional development diplomas to masters degrees in arts and conservation.

Conservation and exhibition of the rare traditional costumes of Shan Sawbwas in the National Museum Yangon, Myanmar

One of the displays in the Exhibition of the Rare Traditional Costumes of Shan Sawbwas, National Museum Yangon, 9th-18th June 2019. Images courtesy of the National Museum Yangon.

The first National Museum in Myanmar was established at Jubliee Hall, Shwedagon Pagoda Road, Yangon in 1952. After being shifted from the Jubliee Hall to Grindlays Bank on Pansodan Road, Yangon in 1970, the National Museum Yangon was inaugurated in the present location—No. 66/74 Pyay Road, Dagon Township, Yangon Region in Myanmar—on 18th September 1996.

Paper Conservator

Tate is looking for an experienced Paper Conservator to join the vibrant Paper and Photographs Conservation team, to work on Tate's historic, modern and contemporary collection. The post is focused on national and international loans out, and Tate St Ives exhibitions and displays. We are looking for someone with a professional qualification in the conservation of works of art on paper or demonstrable practical experience, treating a broad range of artworks, who enjoys being creative, pragmatic, testing out new ideas, providing solutions and collaborating with colleagues.

Application deadline: 
22 Sep 2019

The National Archives of Singapore unveils revamped building: enhanced to improve public access to historical materials on Singapore's story

Senior AV Preservation Officer Shanker Thangavellu elaborates  on the challenges of cleaning vinyls and shellacs to visitors. Images courtesy of the National Archives of Singapore.

On 7 April 2019, the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) held a re-opening ceremony after 18 months of renovation. Mr S. Iswaran, the Minister for the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI), spoke about the importance of the National Archives as “a treasure trove of our history and heritage that enliven the present and secure our future by informing our identity as a nation”. The reopening was a key event in the year-long celebrations of the NAS’ 50th anniversary.

The Plowden Medal 2019

Caroline Bendix receiving her award. Images courtesy of the Royal Warrant Holders association.

The Royal Warrant Holders Association announces the winner of the Plowden Medal 2019—Caroline Bendix—for her outstanding contribution to in-situ book conservation.

Caroline Bendix has been awarded the Plowden Medal 2019 for being the lynchpin of conserving historic books, in both private and public libraries, for more than a quarter of a century. By pioneering methods of caring for book collections in situ, particularly for the National Trust, Caroline has made a major contribution to their state of conservation, while also enhancing the buildings which house them.

A global call for help: The National Museum of Brazil

Panorama of Brazil’s National Museum in flames on 2 September 2018. Incêndio no Museu Nacional, em 2 de setembro de 2018.  Photograph by Felipe Milanez. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share alike 4.0 International. Original location here.

It has been almost a year since the catastrophic blaze that destroyed the National Museum of Brazil and most of its priceless collection. Of the 20 million objects in the collection, it has been estimated that only roughly 2,000 objects have been recovered from the rubble.

Clare Hampson Funded Icon Internship in the Conservation of Old Master Prints and Drawings

British Museum 12-month Internship starting November 2019
Educational Stipend: £17,000

Funded by the Clare Hampson Fund.

This internship in the British Museum's Collections Care Department offers a unique opportunity for a conservator to develop their skills in the conservation of Old Master Prints and Drawings. The internship is suitable for someone who has recently graduated from a relevant conservation course; to develop their skills and to broaden their experience by working in a museum setting, on one of the world's largest collections of graphic art.

Application deadline: 
23 Sep 2019

Internship in Textile Conservation

The British Library is pleased to offer a 12 month funded internship in Textile Conservation.

Intern, Textile Conservation
Location. St Pancras, London
Fixed Term for 12 months
Full Time (36 hours per week over 5 days)
Salary is £10.55 per hour (London Living Wage)

Application deadline: 
18 Aug 2019


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