BAPCR Christmas party and evening talk
Alan Derbyshire – Materials, Techniques and Conservation of Portrait Miniatures
Friday 5th December 2014 Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queens’ Square, London, WC1N 3AT Doors 6pm / Talk 6.30pm, followed by drinks and buffet
The BAPCR looks forward to welcoming all members and guests to the Art Workers’ Guild for our Christmas Party and evening talk by Alan Derbyshire who will present: Materials, Techniques and Conservation of Portrait Miniatures.
Alan Derbyshire graduated with a B.Sc. in Physics from U.M.I.S.T before going on to study Paper Conservation at Gateshead Technical College. Alan is Head of Paper, Books and Paintings Conservation at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He specialises in the conservation of portrait miniatures and has written, taught and lectured extensively on their conservation. Articles on portrait miniatures include ‘Pigment Analysis of Portrait Miniatures Using Raman Microscopy’ Journal of Raman Spectroscopy No. 30 1999; ‘Developments in the field of Portrait Miniature Conservation’ A.Derbyshire, N.Frayling and C.Ronnerstam. Restauratorenblätter 21 pp 53-61 2000 and ‘Sixteenth – century portrait miniatures: key methodologies for a holistic approach’ A.Derbyshire, T.Tallian, N.Frayling, in ‘Art of the Past Sources and Reconstructions’ Archetype Publications, London, 2005.
Places are limited and tickets should be bought in advance for catering purposes. The price includes the talk and a buffet.
Tickets bought before Wednesday 26th November: £10 to members of the BAPCR / £15 for non-members
Tickets bought after Wednesday 26th November: £15 to members of the BAPCR / £20 for non-members
Please email Gemma Collins, BAPCR Secretary at for ticket purchases.
It will be possible to join the BAPCR at the door. Associate membership: £55 / Student membership: £20 (free for first year)
13-15 November 2014, Sainsbury Wing Lecture Theatre, National Gallery , London
A three-day scholarly conference on Rembrandt’s technical practice for painting has been organised by the National Gallery to coincide with the ‘Rembrandt: The Late Works’. The exhibition is co-organised with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and will transfer there early in 2015.on Rembrandt’s late career,
The conference is designed for art historians, scholars and curators of Rembrandt and Dutch art generally in museums, collections and universities; conservators and scientists interested in the technical history of painting; and specialists in the scientific and technical examination of works of art.
The Conference will present research under seven themes:
- Rembrandt’s Early Work
- Conservation and Discovery
- New Techniques/Technologies of Examination of Paintings (as applied to Rembrandt)
- Rembrandt’s Painting Materials
- Technical Interpretation of Key Works by Rembrandt
- The Theory of Rembrandt’s Methods and Contemporary Practice
- Research-Led Documentation on Rembrandt.
It is particularly timely to consider the results of technical research on Rembrandt, since many researchers around the world, particularly in Europe, the UK and the United States, have turned fresh eyes and, recently, newer technologies to Rembrandt studies.
At the same time a number of important conservation treatments of paintings by Rembrandt have been carried out in collections around the world in the last five years, and the revelations brought about by the cleaning of these paintings will be of great interest to the Rembrandt scholarly and curatorial community.
Please visit the National Gallery webpages for all information including a full program of speakers and to book tickets.
Tickets £285. The fee will include an evening reception at the Gallery, and a morning private view of the exhibition.
2nd International Meeting on Retouching of Cultural Heritage, RECH2
In October 24 – 25, 2014 will be held at Casa das Artes, in the City of Porto (Portugal), the 2nd International Meeting on Retouching of Cultural Heritage
The RECH2 Meeting, hosted by the Escola Artística e Profissional Árvore. The official language is English.
The main focus will be to promote the exchange of ideas, concepts, terminology, methods, techniques and materials applied to the retouching process in different areas of conservation: mural painting, easel painting, sculpture, graphic documentation, architecture, plasterwork, photography and contemporary art, among others. This two day meeting will be divided in three sessions: Retouching: theory and teaching methods; Case studies concerning immovable and movable heritage; New technologies: applicability in conservation and in the study and documentation of the retouching process. Please click here to see the papers and the programme of the conference. Attention: PREVIOUS REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY
BAPCR Edinburgh visit – 21st November 2014
BAPCR members are invited to join an extended visit to Edinburgh on Friday 21st November 2014.
Two private tours have been arranged at the National Galleries of Scotland with their conservators – the first visit is to the Conservation departments which are located at the Gallery of Modern Art and the second is to the recently conserved and reinstalled collection at Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
There will also be a chance to see the displays at both museums with fellow BAPCR members and take part in other optional arranged activities on the trip including a meal in Edinburgh’s scenic port of Leith on Thursday evening, dinner on Friday evening and, later, a night of dancing and live music at one of Edinburgh’s most popular ceilidhs. Those wishing to stay for the weekend can visit other collections and Edinburgh’s beautiful Christmas markets.
The cost per member for the private tours is £35.00 which includes a donation to the National Galleries, a specially prepared travel pack with suggestions for accommodation, City riverside walks, visits to galleries and historical sites such as Rosslyn Chapel, cream teas, cocktails, whiskey tastings and more. Please note that meals, travel and accommodation are not included in the ticket price. We hope that members can join us for what promises to be a most delightful and stimulating trip which will offer a chance to meet fellow conservators from other parts of the UK and also a chance to gain an insight into conservation practice at the National Galleries of Scotland.
The maximum number for the tours is 15 people. Please book early to avaiod disappointment. R.S.V.P to the Secretary Gemma Collins by 26th September to confirm attendance.
The BAPCR Council
Itinerary for the trip:
Thursday 20th November
Arrival and informal dinner in the scenic port of Leith.
Friday 21st November
10:00 Meet at the front entrance hall of the Gallery of Modern Art One, Belford Road. Coffee in the café and / or view the exhibition, Generation: a celebration of the last 25 years of Scottish Art
11.30 Tour of the National Galleries of Scotland’s Conservation departments, including Paper, Painting and Frames Conservation.
1:00 Travel to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPG), Queen Street, for lunch in the beautiful café
2.30 – 4:00 Focussed tour of the SNPG by NGS Conservation staff. This magnificent Arts and Crafts building was designed by the architect, Rowand Anderson in the 1890s as the first purpose-built portrait gallery in the world. Between 2009 and 2011 the building underwent an extensive renovation project with the aim of reinstating as far as possible, the original appearance of the building while adding 21st Century facilities for both collections and visitors. Three specific aspects of this exciting project will be discussed; firstly, the conservation of William Hole’s splendid painted mural scheme, ceiling and frieze in the Great Hall carried out with a large group of overseas and UK conservation students; secondly, the pioneering passive control system adopted to manage the building’s environment; and thirdly, the installation of an automated retrieval system for the printroom collections. After the tour there will be a chance to view the permanent collection.
7:30 Meet for drinks, 8:00 meet for dinner (venue tbc)
10:00 Ceilidh visit. Bring your dancing shoes or enjoy a wee dram with colleagues at the bar at one of the Capital’s most popular ceilidh evenings. Tartan is optional!
Saturday 22nd November
11:00 Meet at National Gallery of Scotland, the Mound, to view the permanent collection then mulled wine at the nearby magical German Christmas Market
Sophie Plender MBE
A hearty CONGRATULATIONS to Sophie Plender on being awarded an MBE for services to the arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list! Sophie, BAPCR member and one time Council Member said “It was a complete surprise!” At the BAPCR meeting on the 9th July Chair Pippa Balch led the congratulations as assembled members applauded her achievement.
Notification of the honour was published on 14th June in the London Gazette with Sophie listed as ‘Painting Conservator and Restorer. For services to the Arts.’
Sophie is known for her work at the National Portrait Gallery, The Dulwich Picture Gallery and in her own studio, but she spoke to The Picture Restorer in 2011 about her whole career which started with her training at the Courtauld Institute. (The Picture Restorer, Issue 38).
BAPCR AGM and Evening Talk
Rose Miller – John Sell Cotman and John Crome: Material Sensibilities
Wednesday 9th July 2014
Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queens’ Square, London, WC1N 3AT
Doors 6.30, AGM 7.00pm, talk at 7.30pm
BAPCR members Free / Non-members £10 on the door
The BAPCR looks forward to welcoming you at the Art Workers’ Guild for our AGM and evening talk by Rose Miller.
John Sell Cotman and John Crome: Material Sensibilities Research has shown that these masters of British landscape had a particular understanding of their painting materials and methods. Cotman and Crome’s common use of coarse or recycled materials often resulted in paintings that show a disregard for the decorum of surface, but their paintings are not simply the result of poverty and homemade brushes (as previously perceived). They were skillfully manipulating their materials, and with them, exploring their material surroundings – their landscape.
This talk will explore two phenomena, the presence of drying cracks in the oil paintings of Cotman, and the visual effect of open weave canvas in those by Crome. It will suggest that what could be read as drying problems should in some cases be seen as drying effects, and what might appear to be varnish residues caught in the troughs of the canvas is an intentional visual device.
Rose Miller studied conservation of easel paintings at the Courtauld (2005-08) before an internship at the Hamilton Kerr Institute (2009-11). This talk results from research that started as her Courtauld student project, and was further pursued in a curatorial research project (2011-13), funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, based at the Hamilton Kerr Institute and in collaboration with Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. She now works in private studios in London.
Entry is free of charge to members of the BAPCR, and £10 for non-members. Wine and soft drinks will be available to purchase before and after the talk.
It will be possible to join the BAPCR at the door. Benefits include free entrance to BAPCR talks and discounted entry to BAPCR conferences and workshops, plus the excellent journal The Picture Restorer twice yearly.
Associate membership £55/Student membership £20 (free for first year).
Please email Gemma Collins, BAPCR Secretary if you know you will be attending the talk so we can buy enough wine and soft drinks.