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A five-day intensive course aimed at conservators, restorers and conservation scientists interested in new cleaning methods for fine arts surfaces, textiles and paper.

Detail Summary
Organised by Richard Wolbers
Date Start 9 December 2013 End 13 December 2013

The purpose of this workshop is to acquaint participants with the formulation of preparations for problems related with both surface cleaning and to coating and re-/over-painting removal.

Overview

During the course, Richard Wolbers will present a general survey of the theoretical principles needed to evaluate and formulate tailored aqueous and solvent-based cleaning systems. Topics include:

  • the characterisation of surfaces
  • an overview of aqueous and solvent techniques
  • chelating/complexing materials
  • thickeners, gels, pastes and poultices
  • resin soaps
  • enzymes and emulsions

Chemical theory and case studies illustrating the cleaning techniques will be presented during morning lecture sessions. Afternoon practical and discussion sessions will follow. Practice pieces will be provided to experiment with and participants are invited to bring their own samples or problematic items to work out cleaning systems.

Programme

Day 1

  • 09.30 Introduction
  • 09.45 General Theory: Surface Cleaning: Aqueous Methods (Buffers; Ionic Strength)
  • 10.45 Break
  • 11.00 General Theory: Aqueous Methods (Chelators; Surfactants)
  • 12.15 Lunch
  • 13.30 Practicum
  • 14.30 Break
  • 14.45 Practicum

Day 2

  • 09.30 Review
  • 09.45 General Theory: Gel Forming Materials (I)
  • 10.45 Break
  • 11.00 Gel Forming Materials (II)
  • 12.15 Lunch
  • 13.30 Practicum
  • 14.30 Break
  • 14.45 Practicum

Day 3

  • 09.30 Review
  • 09.45 General Theory: Solvent Theory
  • 10.45 Break
  • 11.00 General theory: Solvent Gels
  • 12.15 Lunch
  • 13.30 Practicum
  • 14.30 Break
  • 14.45 Practicum

Day 4

  • 09.30 Review
  • 09.45 General Theory: Emulsions (I)
  • 10.45 Break
  • 11.00 General theory: : Emulsions (II); Polymeric Emulsifiers
  • 12.15 Lunch
  • 13.30 Practicum
  • 14.30 Break
  • 14.45 Practicum

Day 5

  • 09.30 Review
  • 09.45 Case Histories
  • 10.45 Break
  • 11.00 Case Histories
  • 12.15 Lunch
  • 13.30 Practicum
  • 14.30 Break
  • 14.45 Practicum and evaluation

Instructor

Richard C. Wolbers; Associate Professor, Coordinator of Science, University of Dalawere and Adjunct Paintings Conservator.

Venue

The course is given in one of the locations of the University of Amsterdam.

Costs

Course fees are € 1050. No VAT will be charged. Participants are responsible for all evening meals, accommodation and transportation. Lunches will be provided.

Participants

Number of Participants: maximum 15.
Registration is open to restorers, conservation scientists and conservators.

Language

The course will be given in English. Participants are advised that a basic knowledge of scientific terms in English is required.

Deadline for application

15 November 2013. Applications will be considered in order of arrival.
Personal Equipment
Participants will be informed later. Materials for the workshop will be provided.

How to apply

Please send an application form with a CV for registration. For the address see the form.
Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation plus the information for payment. Your registration is final when we have received the course fee.

Contact

  • Rosa Hoogenboom (secretariat)

pe-CenR@uva.nl / 020- 525 2015 or 4899

Registration form (PDF)