10.08.2012 - UNESCO Venice Office

Call for Applications: 2012 Regional Course on restoration of glass (Deadline: 28 September 2012)

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The Centre for Restoration of Monuments, operating under the auspices of Institute for Monuments of Culture in Tirana, is organizing a 4-week basic training course on the restoration of glass, due to take place in Tirana, Albania and starting on 1 November 2012. The course is organized with the support of the UNESCO Venice Office. The deadline for application is 28 September 2012, by 12 am.

The course’s expected beneficiaries are restorers / conservators (including researchers, or university students enrolled in study courses for 2nd level degrees) who are interested in developing multidisciplinary skills on restoration and conservation of glass artifacts.

Participation costs, intended as board and lodging for the participants, travel to/from Albania, teaching activities, and use of laboratory equipment and material during the course, will be covered by the organizers. Participants will be admitted to the study programme based on the specific requirements that apply.

Participants

The number of participants is limited to maximum 5 persons from the countries of South-Eastern Europe (namely: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, and Kosovo* as defined by UN Security Council Resolution 1244, dated 1999).

Expected profile of participants: young restorers/conservators (including researchers, or university students enrolled in study courses for 2nd level degrees) who are interested in developing multidisciplinary skills on the restoration and conservation of glass artifacts.

Language skills: participants must be proficient in the English language, English being the working language of the course.

Participation costs

Participants will receive:

Accommodation during the course

Daily allowance for meals (35 USD per day)

Paid transportation from their home countries to Tirana and back (at the most convenient fare, in economy class. Travel arrangements will be made and tickets purchased by the organizers, and the participants will receive no money allowance and/or reimbursement for their travel).

Tentative Programme

The first week of the study programmme will be devoted to theoretical lectures dealing with:

  1. constituent materials
  2. history of execution techniques of glass objects
  3. materials and methodologies of intervention

During the first week of theoretical lectures, works of art to be restored in the laboratory will be taken into account in order to tackle and set up the practical activity to be implemented in the ensuing weeks.

Theoretical lecture 1: “The composition of glass”

Composition and chemical and physical structure of glass: network formers and network modifiers, fluxes, stabilizers, coloring, discoloring and opacifying agents. Main characteristic and properties of glass. Lead glass.

Theoretical lecture 2: “Deterioration of glass”

Chemical deterioration: leaching, network dissolution, corrosion, crizzling, Deterioration due to pollution. Physical deterioration. Biological deterioration.

Theoretical lecture 3: “Production techniques”

Preparation of the glass batch (fritting and melting), core forming, mould pressing, glass canes and murrine making, mosaic glass, blown glass (free and mould blowing), cameo glass, gilded glass, cutting, diatreta, glass sheets production, stained glass.

Theoretical lecture 4: “Restoration techniques – traditional and new restoration with application of new technologies ”.

Preliminary interventions, recovery from the dig, pre-consolidation, chemical and mechanical cleaning, fragment matching, bonding, direct and in direct loss compensation, mount making, packing and handling of fragile objects, exhibition, storage.

The following three weeks will be devoted to practical work on artifacts (to be chosen according to size, constituent material, and state of conservation) selected by the Institute for Cultural Monuments and UNESCO from Albanian public collections. During this phase, some non original objects will also be used as working samples for testing the performance, quality and suitability of restoration intervention. The laboratory work will aim at practicing the subjects learned during the theoretical lectures.

Both theoretical lectures and practical works will be conducted every day from 09:00-17:00, except on Sundays.

A certificate of attendance with a scoring on the profit will be released by the Centre for Restoration of Monuments and UNESCO to the participants that will have followed at least 90% of the training time. 

Requirements

University education (minimum first-level degree) on restoration or related fields of cultural heritage.

At least 21 years of age. Applicants are encouraged under 35 years of age.

Professional experience in restoration/conservation and/or management and preservation of artifacts will be considered as a plus.

Current professional affiliation to public institutions responsible for cultural heritage safeguarding will be considered as a plus.

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed and selected based on the applicants’ professional and educational profiles as presented in the application documents.

Priority will be given to applicants already employed or starting a career within public institutions (either at local or at central level) competent for the safeguarding and management of cultural heritage,

Applications with similar professional profiles will be enlisted based on the educational level. Priority will be given to participants under 35 years of age.

Possible letters of support from the respective National Commission for UNESCO, and/or the ministry of culture, and/or the parent institution competent for the safeguarding of cultural heritage will also be considered as an added value.

In the selection, geographical balance will be sought and the selection of more than one applicant from the same country will be avoided as far as possible.

Application

Applicants shall send the following documents, by no later than 28 September 2012, 12am:

Curriculum Vitae (on Europass CV template)

Personal motivation letter

Optional: letters of support from the respective National Commission for UNESCO, and/or the ministry of culture, and/or the parent institution competent for the safeguarding of cultural heritage.

Applications and accompanying documents must be sent per email in electronic form to the Centre for Restoration of Monuments, operating under the auspices of the Institute for Monuments of Culture in Tirana, (to the attention of Ms. Edlira Caushi, edlira.caushi(at)gmail.com and imk(at)albmail.com) with copy to the UNESCO Venice Office (to the attention of Mr. Sinisa Šešum, s.sesum(at)unesco.org and Mr. Matteo Rosati, m.rosati(at)unesco.org ).

Incomplete applications, applications sent after the above-mentioned deadline, and applications not sent to both the given email addresses will be rejected.




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