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Subject: Workshop on varnishes and retouching media

Workshop on varnishes and retouching media

From: Alan Phenix <alan.phenix>
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2003
Materials for Conservation and Restoration of Paintings:
Varnishes and Retouching Media
A Series of Lectures and Workshop organised by
The Conservation Unit, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne,
at Burt Hall, Northumbria University
September 10-12, 2003

Workshop instructors/lecturers to include:

    Dr. Rene de La Rie
    Head of Scientific Research, National Gallery of Art, Washington
    DC, USA

    Jill Whitten and Robert Proctor
    Whitten and Proctor Fine Art Conservation
    Houston, Texas USA

    Paul Ackroyd
    National Gallery, London

    Alan Phenix
    Senior Lecturer, Conservation Unit, University of Northumbria

Outline: To coincide with the Second Triennial Conservation
Conference at Northumbria University, "The Image Re-Integration
Meeting" in the week commencing September 13, 2003, the Conservation
Unit will hold a 3-day workshop addressing recent developments in
materials for paintings conservation, specifically focusing on
varnishes and retouching materials. The principal instructors for
the workshop will be Dr. Rene de La Rie, whose pioneering research
into stable picture varnishes and retouching materials is
internationally acclaimed, and freelance conservators Jill Whitten
and Robert Proctor, who have many years' experience of use of these
new materials.  The workshop will comprise a combination of
lectures, discussions, demonstrations and practical sessions in
which workshop participants will gain first-hand practical
experience of new conservation materials.

Subjects to be covered will include:


    *   Factors influencing the appearance of varnishes
    *   Stabilizers for natural and synthetic resin varnishes
    *   Synthetic low molecular weight resins (hydrogenated
        hydrocarbon and urea-aldehyde) for picture varnishes
    *   Practical considerations and experiences in the use of new
        picture varnishes
    *   Varnishing with acrylic and polycyclohexanone resins
    *   Solvents for varnishes


    *   New retouching paints based on urea-aldehyde resins:
        development, stability and reversibility
    *   Practical considerations and experiences in the use of new
        retouching paints based on urea-aldehyde resins
    *   Retouching with acrylic resins and other media.

The full Workshop is limited to a maximum of 18 participants, so
early booking is recommended.  However, the lecture programme of the
first day will be open to the public, with a nominal entrance fee.

Registration fees for Workshop and lecture programme to be announced

For registration details and further information, contact:

    Alan Phenix
    Senior Lecturer
    Conservation of Fine Art
    Burt Hall, Northumbria University
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST
    United Kingdom
    +44 191 227 3330
    Fax: + 44 191 227 3250
    alan.phenix [at] northumbria__ac__uk

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