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Workshop 2018: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

October 15 to 19, 2018

Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces 2018 in Argentina (CAPS 2018 Argentina) is 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

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.

Page updated: June 2018