Workshop 2018: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Instituto de Investigaciones sobre el Patrimonio Cultural
Universidad Nacional de San Martín

October 15 to 19, 2018

We're pleased to announce Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces 2018 in Argentina (CAPS 2018 Argentina), part of an ongoing series of GCI workshops to directly engage conservators with the current research on identifying a broader range of cleaning systems and methodologies for acrylic painted surfaces.


The workshop will include lectures presenting new research, technology, and practical advances, much of which has been developed by the course instructors themselves. There will also be a significant amount of hands-on activity designed to apply and test the different approaches.

Participants will be provided with commercially available and custom-prepared cleaning materials for testing on paint films. Group discussions will be used to evaluate materials, techniques, applicability and effectiveness.

Workshop Objectives

communicate results of recent scientific research and new developments in conservation 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


Dr. Tom Learner, Head of Science, Getty Conservation Institute
Dr. Bronwyn Ormsby, Principal Conservation Scientist, Tate
Chris Stavroudis, conservator in private practice, Los Angeles

Assistant Instructor

Alexia Soldano, conservator in private practice, Paris


Space for this workshop is limited to 18 mid-career conservators with at least 3–5-years experience working with two- and three-dimensional acrylic painted surfaces. Priority will be given to applicants currently working in Latin America with these materials who can demonstrate a commitment to sharing the knowledge and skills gained during the course with their colleagues and the wider conservation community.

Course Language

The workshop language is English; participants must be fully functional in this language since no simultaneous translation will be offered.

A bilingual conservator familiar with the teaching materials will be on site to offer limited assistance with translation of technical terms as needed. Teaching materials such as session outlines, PowerPoint presentations and videos translated into Spanish will be shared with selected participants ahead of the course to facilitate the understanding of technical terms.

Workshop Fee

The fee workshop of US$300 includes refreshments during breaks, lunches and a small reception. Additionally, participants will each be provided with a cleaning kit (about 25 bottles of various concentrated cleaning solutions) to keep after the workshop.

Participants are responsible for all travel, lodging and other expenses associated with the workshop.

To Apply

Please complete the application and supporting materials according to the instructions below. Applicants should prepare information in advance and be ready to complete, save, and email the form and additional documents in one sitting.

Step 1: Download the PDF application form to your computer.

Step 2: Rename the PDF file using your last name as the file name (example: Jones_CAPS2018_Argentina_application.pdf).

Step 3: Open the application form in Acrobat Reader* only. Do not complete the form from within any browser window (Chrome, Safari, etc.) or in Preview (Mac users), as it will not be fully functional.

Step 4: Complete the form; save it. Email the application from and supporting materials (CV, photographs, etc.), to with "CAPS 2018 Argentina Application" in the subject line. Do not use the submit button.

Deadline for submission: June 18, 2018.



Final selection of applicants will be made according to the eligibility criteria outlined above by July 13th, 2018.

If you have questions about the CAPS 2018 Argentina workshop, the application process, or require additional information, please contact

The CAPS 2018 Argentina Workshop is part of the Research into Practice Initiative and builds upon an earlier colloquium and series of workshops.


El Instituto de Investigaciones sobre el Patrimonio Cultural (IIPC-Tarea) de la Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) follows an interdisciplinary tradition on the study and conservation of cultural heritage, which fosters a close collaboration between conservators/restorers, scientists and art historians. The objectives of the institute include the conservation and restoration of national heritage; basic and applied research from an interdisciplinary perspective; professional training with standards of excellence; and advising public and private institutions on conservation and restoration matters.

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Page updated: May 2018