Workshop 2014: Canadian Conservation Institute

The CAPS 2014 workshop was held at the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) in Ottawa, Canada from August 12-15. Eighteen participants from Canada, the US and Europe attended the four day workshop, which included lectures on new advances in cleaning of acrylic paints and a significant amount of hands-on application and testing of different materials and approaches. Participants were provided with a range of commercially available and custom-prepared cleaning materials and group discussions were be used to evaluate materials, techniques, applicability and effectiveness.

Objectives of all the workshops in the CAPS series include:

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

Tom Learner, Head of Science, GCI
Bronwyn Ormsby, Senior Conservation Scientist, Tate, Head of Tate AXA Art Modern Paints Project
Chris Stavroudis, conservator in private practice, Los Angeles
Alan Phenix, Scientist, GCI, Modern and Contemporary Art Research Initiative

The CAPS 2014 Workshop is part of GCI's Research into Practice Initiative and builds upon an earlier colloquium and series of workshops.

About CCI The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI), a Special Operating Agency of the Department of Canadian Heritage, was created in 1972 to promote the proper care and preservation of Canada's cultural heritage and to advance the practice, science and technology of conservation. It is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Through conservation science, treatment and preventive conservation, CCI supports heritage institutions and professionals in conserving Canada's heritage collections so they can be accessed by current and future generations. This mission is accomplished through conservation research and development, expert services, and knowledge dissemination through CCI's publications, library, and professional development opportunities.

Page updated: October 2014