Workshop 2013: Art Gallery of New South Wales

The GCI and the Art Gallery of New South Wales hosted a second 2013 Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces (CAPS) workshop at the Art Gallery of NSW, Australia, in December 2013. The CAPS workshop engages conservators with current research into identifying a broader range of cleaning systems and methodologies for acrylic painted surfaces.


The 2013 CAPS workshop was presented as part of the GCI's Research into Practice Initiative and builds upon an earlier colloquium and series of workshops in this area. Its objectives were to:

Communicate the results of recent scientific research and new developments in practice

Stimulate a dialogue between researchers and conservators about the application of new research and technical insights to the conservation of acrylic painted surfaces

Develop critical thinking skills that will help participants design project-specific cleaning systems in their own labs

identify areas where further research is needed

The workshop included lectures presenting new research, technology and practical advances, much of which has been developed by the course instructors.

Tom Learner, Senior Scientist, GCI. Head of GCI's Modern and Contemporary Art Research Initiative
Bronwyn Ormsby,Senior Conservation Scientist, Tate. Head of Tate AXA Art Modern Paints project
Chris Stavroudis, conservator in private practice, Los Angeles.
Richard Wolbers, Associate Professor, Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.

Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is one of Australia's most popular art museums and is a vital part of Sydney's cultural life. The Gallery has been located at its present site in Sydney's Domain parkland since 1885. The Grand Courts, originally built in 1895 and 1899 in grand Victorian style and scale, house premier collections of European and Australian art up to the end of the 19th century. More recent additions to the museum celebrate the art of our times with displays of modern and contemporary art, and a major new building is planned for 2021 called Sydney Modern. The Art Gallery of New South Wales has had conservators on staff since the 1890s and now has permanent staff in the specialties of paintings, frames, works on paper, Asian works on paper and objects conservation. The workshop will be held in the conservation department located on the top floor of the museum.
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