On the occasion of the conference ‘Gels in Conservation’, organised by IAP in association with Tate, an evening talk on the project three case studies took place at The Emmanuel Centre (Marsham St, Westminster SW1P 3DW), on Tuesday 17 October 2017, 18.00-19.15

Tate staff involved in the NANORESTART project presented their approach, supporting research and case study cleaning treatments carried out as Tate’s contribution to this large, multi-faceted project which aims to provide new tools for the conservation of modern and contemporary art. The event was introduced by Head of Conservation, Deborah Potter and Tate’s approach and methodology to this project was outlined by Bronwyn Ormsby, Principal Conservation Scientist.

This was followed by summary presentations of the treatment of three works of art, the first – a PMMA sculpture ‘Op Structure’ by Michael Dillon, presented by Sculpture Conservator Gates Sofer; the second – a mixed media painting ‘Whaam!’ by Roy Lichtenstein, presented by Painting Conservator Rachel Barker; and the final work – a sculpture ‘Addendum’ by Eva Hesse, presented by Sculpture Conservator Tamar Maor. This research has been additionally supported by our two project conservation scientists, Dr Lora Angelova (Jan 2016-Feb 2017) and Dr Angelica Bartoletti (Feb-Dec 2017), as well as our colleagues at CSGI, Florence. 

The talk took place in front of an audience of approximately 400 conservators, scientists and researchers and was followed by a lively Q&A session with the public. 

Luigi Galimberti, Bronwyn Ormsby

October 2017