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Tuesday, May 30 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
(Paintings + Research & Technical Studies) Practice-led and practice-based collaborative research at Tate: supporting the advancement of modern and contemporary painting conservation treatment practice

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Several collaborative practice-based and practice-led applied research projects involving Tate and other key partners will be discussed. These involve treating specific conservation problems or exploring specific artist or conservation materials; all of which ideally contribute to the advancement of conservation treatment methodologies and practice for modern and contemporary paintings. Examples include the recent Rothko Conservation Project [1], current EU-funded projects such as NANORESTART [2] and the Cleaning Modern Oil Paints (CMOP) [3], as well as the ongoing collaboration between Tate, the Dow Chemical Company and the Getty Conservation Institute [4]. These projects can involve international and national collaborations between painting conservators, heritage scientists, paint chemists, as well as academic and industrial partners; many of which have been underway for several years (in some cases prior to Tate's involvement). Key aims and outcomes of these projects will be outlined, alongside reflections on research processes, as well as the ongoing challenges and successes of translating research findings into practice. References 1. http://www.tate.org.uk/about/projects/rothko-conservation-project 2. http://www.nanorestart.eu/ 3. http://www.tate.org.uk/about/projects/cleaning-modern-oil-paints 4. Ormsby, B.A., Keefe, M.H., Phenix, A., von Aderkas, E., Learner, T., Tucker, C., and Kozak, C. (2016). ‘Mineral Spirits-based Microemulsions: A Novel Cleaning System for Acrylic and Other Modern Painted Surfaces'. Journal for the American Institute for Conservation. Issue 55-1, pp. 12-31.

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Bronwyn Ormsby

Principal Conservation Scientist, Tate
Dr. Bronwyn Ormsby is Principal Conservation Scientist at Tate London, UK, and is responsible for the Conservation Science and Preventive Conservation section of Tate's Conservation Department. Bronwyn has been at Tate since 2003 in various roles within the Conservation Science s... Read More →


Tuesday May 30, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Regency C-D Ballroom Level, West Tower

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