CONSERVING MODERN PAINTS
The sixth Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces (CAPS) workshop was held at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, in July 2016. Eighteen participants attended the four-day workshop, which included lectures covering recent advances in the cleaning of acrylic painted surfaces, hands-on sessions to test cleaning materials and approaches, and group discussions about materials, techniques, applicability, and effectiveness.
The objectives of the CAPS workshops are twofold: to communicate the latest results of scientific research into the cleaning of acrylic painted surfaces, led by joint efforts from scientists and conservators at the GCI, Tate, Dow Chemical Company, and the University of Delaware; and to promulgate the consequent developments in conservation practice, stimulating an exchange between researchers and conservators and developing critical thinking skills that empower participants to design project-specific cleaning systems in their own labs. The feedback of all participants is encouraged, both to promote an open dialogue between researchers and practitioners and to efficiently answer the needs of the field.
CAPS is part of the GCI's Research into Practice Initiative, which seeks to facilitate the practical application of new research to conservation problems. Information on past workshops, as well as related materials (including videos), can be found on the GCI website.