MOSAIKON Field School, Byblos, 29 October – 26 November 2017

December 7, 2017

MOSAIKON Field School, ByblosICCROM partnered with the Directorate General of Antiquities (DGA) in Lebanon and the Getty Foundation to organize a four-week field school for the Conservation of Mosaics at the Archaeological Site of Byblos, Lebanon.

The school provided an opportunity to create an on-site mosaic conservation laboratory. Five technicians from Lebanon and seven technicians from Algeria documented, cleaned, consolidated and stored detached mosaic panels exposed outdoors.  The Centre Interdisciplinaire de Conservation et de Restauration du Patrimoine (CICRP) in Arles, France led the school as a follow-up to the training undertaken in Arles over 2016 and 2017.

This is a pilot project aimed to develop other field schools in the region over 2018, in particular in Algeria. Over the long term, the aim is to create sustainable mosaic conservation laboratories at main sites in MOSAIKON target countries. In addition to ICCROM, partner institutions include the Directorate General of Antiquities (DGA) Lebanon, the Directorate General of Antiquities (DGA) Algeria, Getty Foundation, and CICRP. Continue reading…

Protecting Mosaics in the Mediterranean

February 10, 2016

Participants of the MOSAIKON partner meeting in Venice, January 2016Partners of the MOSAIKON Project recently met in Venice to take stock of the programme and its results since its inception in 2008, and to look towards the future and priority needs. MOSAIKON is a multi-partner initiative to improve mosaics conservation in the southern and eastern Mediterranean through capacity building and information sharing.

The Mediterranean region is rich in mosaics that are housed in museums or located on archaeological sites. Their conservation can be hindered by a variety of factors, ranging from a lack of policies to regulate their protection, to elevated risks in those countries affected by civil unrest, to a shortage of publications on mosaics conservation in local languages.

The meeting, which took place from 17-19 January, examined these issues and discussed the results and success stories that have come out of MOSAIKON over the past seven years. Amongst the achievements presented, of course those of alumni were underlined, as the programme’s training activities have been indispensible in enabling professionals from the region to improve the condition of mosaics in their home countries and institutions. Continue reading…

New Intern: Ralph Nashawaty

April 21, 2015

Ralph Nashawaty from Lebanon.The ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre is pleased to welcome Ralph Nashawaty, from Beirut, Lebanon. He will be carrying out an internship at the Centre in Sharjah until June 2015.

Ralph holds a BA in Cultural and Media Industries from the Charles de Gaulle University – Lille III, France. He has worked in Beirut-based cultural institutions such as the Beirut Art Center, the Metropolis Cinema and the Arab Image Foundation. After following several training activities and workshops in conservation, including the SOIMA programme, he has been actively engaged in art and cultural heritage conservation. He is currently completing his MA in Preventative Conservation of Heritage at the Paris-Sorbonne University, France. His internship with ICCROM-ATHAR is being carried out as part of his studies.

During the internship, he will be collaborating on a preventive conservation study for the National Museum of Ajman, UAE, evaluating its collections and re-organizing the storage facilities according to the RE-ORG methodology. This study will also aim to develop applied training programmes in preventive conservation for museum professionals in the Arab world.

Member State represented: Lebanon