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Sustainability in Conservation: Saving Our Heritage and Our Planet

Used disposable nitrile gloves produce massive amounts of waste, which end up in landfills or incinerators. Image courtesy of Sustainability in Conservation

By Caitlin Southwick

It all started with gloves.

I have always considered myself to be a person who cares about the environment. I recycle. I try to reduce my waste production. I am aware of my carbon footprint. But this was in my personal life. I never considered my impact in my professional capacity.

The Need for More East Asia Art Conservation Specialists

Pinfang Zhu (left) and Yi-Hsia Hsiao (right) wet cleaning Ancestor Portrait, photo by Yi-Hsia Hsiao; courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The conservation of cultural heritage from East Asia, namely traditional paintings and scrolls, requires the masterful use of techniques and materials quite different from those used in Western or European conservation practices. Unfortunately, as more of these East Asia art conservation specialists have retired in the last decade, there has not been an equivalent in-coming of new specialists to take their places.

Registration open: modelling conservation data Linked Conservation Data

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University of the Arts London, London, UK

Deadline for registrations: 16 August 2019.
Capacity is limited. Confirmation will be sent to all participants.

The Linked Conservation Data Consortium is organising a free workshop in London hosted by the University of the Arts London (UK) to discuss modelling conservation data. Conservation domain expertise and sample data are needed.

12 Sep 2019 to 13 Sep 2019
16 Aug 2019

Associate Conservator, Time-based Media

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation
New York City
31 July 2019

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation is seeking an Associate Conservator in Time-based Media to join its Conservation Department. The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree from a recognized conservation program, and possess extensive knowledge of modern and contemporary art. Experience working with time-based media collections is essential; as well as knowledge of the best practices for condition assessment, documentation, installation, and preservation of TBM works in a range of analog and digital formats.

Application deadline: 
31 Jul 2019

Call for Book and Event Reviewers (NiC)

Call for Book and Event Reviews (NiC)

"News in Conservation" regularly features professional publication and event reviews to help you stay up to date with the latest and greatest in cultural heritage and preservation research.

So, if you’ve recently attended a conference, symposium, or workshop, or
if you just read a stellar book, thesis, or journal, the News in Conservation readership would love to hear from you!

IIC also has a collection of recently published books yearning to find good homes in exchange for reviews, so what are you waiting for?

Selected Acquisitions: ICCROM Library

For the June 2019 issue of "News in Conservation", the ICCROM Library is contributing a list of new acquisitions and summaries of a selected group of top titles hand-picked by the librarian. We look forward to this being a regular quarterly inclusion in "News in Conservation" going forward.

NiC Editor, Sharra Grow, discussing her work with the IIC on a panel at the Society of Winterthur Fellows event, Friday, 10 May 2019

Panelists at the Society of Winterthur Fellows event (Delaware, USA) on Friday, 10 May 2019. Photo courtesy of Joyce Hill Stoner

Sharra Grow (seated third in from the left), IIC Editor of "News in Conservation", participated on a panel at the Society of Winterthur Fellows event on Friday, May 10th (Delaware, USA). Along with her fellow panelists, Sharra discussed career paths in areas outside of the traditional role of bench conservator and curator. Main topics of discussion included: What other options are there besides the traditional museum jobs for conservators and curators? How do you find and develop "outside-the-box" opportunities?

Robert Shepherd Memorial Fund: Scholarships & CPD Grants

The Anna Plowden Trust has been asked to administer a fund set up in memory of the late Robert Shepherd, the well known picture conservator. This fund will provide one annual Scholarship to a student of easel painting conservation and one annual CPD Grant to a practising painting conservator, currently working, and making their career, in the UK.

10 May 2019

Should paintings be conserved in public?

(left) Daniela Storti and (right) Valeria Merlini, owners and head conservators of Merlini Storti Art Restoration and Conservation, Rome. Photographer Stefano Martinelli. Image courtesy of Merlini Storti.

Introduction by Sharra Grow

This past November, Apollo published the article “Should paintings be conserved in public?” written by Conservator Ian McClure and Curator Paul Taylor. The authors called into question the overall worth of such public displays of conservation suggesting that, rather than inspiring on-lookers, the main message the visiting public receives is that conservation work is tedious and boring. And while trying to show the candid daily work of the conservator, what visitors actually see is still carefully choreographed.


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