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Japanese Paper Conservation Techniques Workshop

June 17th - 27th, 2002, at the National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Canada (Gatineau, Preservation Centre, Quebec)

The National Archives of Canada and the Canadian Conservation Institute have organized a ten-day workshop on Japanese paper conservation techniques for the professional development of conservators.

Workshop description and outline

Instructor: Kazunori Oryu, Oriental Paintings Conservator and Associate Professor, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Japan.

Format: This ten-day workshop combines intensive hands-on sessions with demonstrations, guest lectures, and group discussions. The language of instruction will be English.

Principal topics:

  • Japanese papers and their use in conservation
  • Japanese conservation tools and techniques
  • construction and use of a karibari (Japanese drying screen)
  • Japanese techniques for the preparation and assembling of paper sheets
  • Japanese repair and lining techniques
  • preparation and use of various pastes, bamboo tools, etc.

Learning outcomes:
  • proficiency in the use of the principal Japanese paper conservation techniques
  • ability to apply these techniques in the conservation of archival documents and western art
  • awareness of Japanese papers, adhesives and related materials
  • understanding of how to use and care for Japanese brushes, hand tools, karibari and related equipment
  • the opportunity to meet colleagues, share experiences and create professional networks

Participants: The workshop is open to paper conservators with a minimum of three years of practical experience working in archives, libraries and museum collections. Enrolment is limited to 15 participants.

Workshop fee: The workshop fee includes lunches and refreshment breaks, course materials, and several small hand tools and brushes, a participant’s manual and all applicable taxes.

CAN $ 1,000.00 for Canadian participants
US $ 1,250.00 for all others

Canadian Museums Association (CMA) bursaries are available for eligible Canadian participants. Please apply directly to the CMA (http://www.museums.ca)

The organizers reserve the right to cancel this workshop one month prior to the presentation in the event of insufficient registration, and to make program changes as deemed necessary.

Application procedure:
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a statement of purpose (no more than 500 words) describing how the workshop is important to their educational and professional goals, their expectations from the course and how their new skills and knowledge will benefit others. One sealed letter of support from a person knowledgeable about the applicant’s qualifications, educational needs, and opportunities to share information gained during the workshop should be included in the application package.

Applicants will be evaluated according to their experience and knowledge of paper conservation, statement of purpose, relevant previous or current activities and responsibilities and the letter of support. The application deadline is March 1st, 2002.

Applicants will be notified of their standing in the application procedure by March 15th, 2002.
Accepted participants must forward their full workshop fee by April 30th, 2002 in order to secure a place.

Application material should be submitted to:

Christine Bradley
Canadian Conservation Institute
1030 Innes Road, Ottawa, ON K1A 0M5
Tel.: (613) 998-3721 ext. 250
Fax: (613) 998-4721
E-mail: christine_bradley@pch.gc.ca