28.03.2011 -

UNESCO offers 3 grants for ICCROM Stone course conservation

©itxasoaChiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli in Venice

The Culture Unit of the UNESCO Venice Office is pleased to announce that it will sponsor the participation of three participants to the Seventeenth International Course on Stone Conservation, to be organized in Rome (Italy) from 13 April through 1 July 2011. Organizing partners of this course are ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), and the UNESCO Venice Office. The primary goal of the course is to improve the practice of stone conservation internationally by providing participants with a holistic understanding of the decay and deterioration of stone, disseminating effective conservation methodologies, and ensuring a practical understanding of appropriate repair methods and long-term management strategies.

Through lectures, discussions, laboratory sessions, demonstrations, site visits and field exercises, participants will discuss both the fundamental theories of conservation as well as consider how advances in technology and research have influenced practical approaches as they pertain to all phases of stone conservation. Group fieldwork exercises at a worksite will provide participants with the opportunity to address actual work scenarios where multidisciplinary solutions and collaboration are required. Throughout the course, participants will be encouraged to draw upon their collective expertise from various specializations to help them arrive at more effective conservation solutions. 

The UNESCO Venice Office will support the participation of three experts: Mr Irakli Bokeria, Stone conservator, Georgian National Museum, Georgia; Mr Jakub Doubal, Assistant, Faculty of Restoration, Department of Restoration of Stone, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic; Ms. Ileana Maria Kisilewicz, Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, Bucharest, Romania.

Mr Irakli Bokeria (Georgia) graduated in 1993 from the Georgian Technical University(GTU) with a MSC in Chemistry; Technology of Organic Substances and has attended specialist courses on preventive conservation in the United States of America, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. He works as a conservator at the Georgian National Museum (GNM) in Tbilisi where he is responsible for developing condition reports and conservation treatment documentation. In (GNM) he has made a conservation treatment of the artifacts made from organic materials like a wood, textile, leather etc.  He is working on the preparation of new storage facilities as well. He is the project manager of introduction the Aoxic System in Georgian National Museum (GNM) for biodeterioration treatment of artifacts.  He is working with Italian specialists on Dzalasi conservation project, ancient (I-II ad) City- Villa near Tbilisi with Roman mosaics in it.  He is also working on the project, ICOMOS-ISCS: Translation of The Illustrated Glossary on Stone Deterioration Patterns from English-French version in to Georgian.

Mr Jakub Doubal (Czech Republic) has qualifications from the Institute of Restoration and Conservation Techniques in the Czech Republic and academy of fine arts in Bratislava and is presently working on his PhD at the Czech Technical University in Prague. He is employed as an assistant at the Faculty of Restoration of the University of Pardubice where he teaches restoration techniques in the department of restoration of stone.  As a restorer he has worked on projects such as the restoration of the Gothic Cathedral of Saint Barbara in Kutna Hora and investigation of the Tugendhat house in Brno, both World Heritage Sites.

Ileana Maria Kisilewicz (Romania) has a BA (96) and a PhD (09) from the University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” of Bucharest and an MA (98) in Conservation of Historical Buildings and Towns from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. She works as a lecturer at the University “Spiru Haret” in Bucharest where she teaches a course called “Contemporary Methods of Conservation” and supervises students’ projects of restoration in their 9th Semester. She has also works as a programme manager at a Summer School in Timisoara and as an Associate Professor at the Post Graduate Course of Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings at the Faculty of History of the University “Babes Bolyai” in Cluj Napoca. Currently she is consultant in Historical Buildings at the Direction of National Patrimony – Bucharest in Ministry of Culture and National Patrimony.

Link : http://www.iccrom.org/eng/01train_en/announce_en/2011_04StoneRome_en.shtml

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