On May 18–19, 2009, the Getty Conservation Institute will hold a one-and-a-half-day workshop on injection grouts for the conservation of architectural surfaces. The workshop is planned to coincide with the annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) being held in Los Angeles. The aim of the workshop is to provide an overview of the characteristics, properties, and uses of injection grouts for the conservation of architectural surfaces—including plasters, wall paintings, and mosaics—focusing on the desirable properties and parameters for use in conservation. Topics to be covered include basic components of grouts, laboratory testing, selection of grouts, and practical application of tests in the field.

Lectures and laboratory components with hands-on demonstrations and practical exercises will be led by scientists and conservators involved in the GCI project, entitled Injection Grouts for the Conservation of Architectural Surfaces: Research and Evaluation. These include Giacomo Chiari, GCI chief scientist; Beril Bicer-Simsir, GCI assistant scientist; David Carson, GCI laboratory manager; Leslie Rainer, conservator and GCI senior project specialist; and Hande Cesmeli, conservator and GCI graduate intern.

The workshop will be held at the Getty Center in Los Angeles in the Building Materials Laboratory of the Getty Conservation Institute.

For further information regarding the GCI's Injection Grouts for the Conservation of Architectural Surfaces: Research and Evaluation project, visit the project Web site.