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Oct 2009

Thangka Conservation Workshop, Canberra Australia, Oct. 26-27 2009

Monday 26 October - Tuesday 27 October 2009
(Categories: Non ICOM/ICOM-CC, Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures, Paintings, Textiles)

Thangka Conservation Workshop, Canberra, Australia, Oct. 26-27 2009

The National Gallery of Australia will be hosting a workshop on Thangka conservation and are calling for expressions of interest. Teresa Heady and Mike Wheeler are based in the UK and both have many years experience working on Tibetan Thangka and have written several papers on the subject.

The following topics will be discussed in reference to Thangka painting but many of the techniques and materials are applicable to other painted textiles. 1) Condition assessments for loan and exhibition 2) Factors of deterioration. 3) Non destructive analysis of pigments 4) Local repairs of paintings & appropriate reinforcement of damaged brocades. 5) Aqueous treatment of paintings/stain reduction. 5) Lining of seriously damaged paintings with Japanese paper and wheat starch 6) Consolidation of flaking paint 7) Mounting for display 8) Storage options.

The two day workshop will be held at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra on the 26th and 27th of October 2009, following on from the Indian Miniature workshop held the previous week.

You will also gain FREE (optional) entry to the Indian Miniature Connoisseurship day on 21 October that will include Asian art speakers from around Australia. The conference will cost $450 and places are limited. Please contact Stefanie Woodruff at to register your interest.

AICCM, Box 1638 • Canberra, ACT 2601 • AUSTRALIA • T: +61 (0)3 9013 0933 • F: +61 (0)3 9311 3450 • E:


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