Pilot Research projects

Research in this context refers to a few pilot projects that we have undertaken in order to create a platform that could later be developed into a full fledged research facility.

The following research has been undertaken in this first phase of the Art Conservation Resurgence Project.

Partners

This project is a world wide collective effort. Many institutions have formally committed to share information and collaborate on various activities. A larger number of institutions and well meaning individuals have been informally contributing to the project. The project acknowledges everyone for their support and willingness to share their knowledge base and experience. To be a part of this growing contributing group click on 'Partner with us'. We need your help and advice. 

Primary target areas are those where there are ‘collaborating’ institutions that have very important collections that coincide with the types of objects, that we have selected for this project. Concentrated efforts will be made to improve the collection management and conservation expertise in Institutions in these States. It will provide us assessable achievements as actual collections will be addressed.

View Partners in a larger map For example : Tamil Nadu has exquisite collections of bronzes and any project development of conservation of bronzes that is associated with a collection, say of the Government Museum, Chennai, will have national ramifications. Similarly, Kadatas, a particular style of accordion shaped book making is peculiar to Karnataka. Basgo Monastery in Ladhak, J&K has agreed to allow its sacred Himalayan art collection to be conserved and any guidelines for conservation developed for the Tawang Monastery (the biggest Buddhist Monastery in Asia) in Arunachal Pradesh will impact hundreds of monasteries in the region. Gujarat is the State for initiating textile conservation collaborations with, as the world’s attention is focused on the textile collections there.
 

Art Conservation Resurgence Project

Phase I

Supported by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust

This first phase of the Art Conservation Resurgence Project is a thirty month long project, initiated in February 2012. Through a collaborative approach it aims to create a seed base of reference documents that would help address outstanding issues in conservation of art in the Indian context and will serve the needs of practicing conservators, custodian of cultural heritage, cultural institutions, scholars, planners and policy makers.

The basic components of this project are:
i. Material and Technology studies
ii. Damage mapping & diagnostics
iii. Pilot Research projects
iv. Conservation-Restoration
v. Conservation Education
vi. Sharing of Information

In the first phase the project activities will revolve around the following subjects:
• Oil Paintings
• Miniatures
• Manuscripts
• Stone and Terracotta
• Textiles
• Ceramic and Glass
• Metal
• Photographs
• Paintings on Cloth
• Polychrome wood
• Collection Maintenance
Systems and protocols in a conservation-restoration work environment

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