International Course on Conservation of Japanese Lacquer
Dates: 2 - 15 September 2009
Place: Tokyo and Joboji-Hiraizumi, Japan
The purpose of this course is to offer those caring for urushi and lacquer collections outside of Japan an insight into the materials, composition and techniques of the urushi lacquer, and to the principles guiding the care and handling of such collections in Japan. The programme will cover aspects relevant to the preservation of urushi objects, including the manufacturing process, history and scientific examinations. The course will also introduce the Japanese approach to conservation of urushi objects as well as their handling, storage and packing. The course is an opportunity to build bridges between the Japanese and the Western conservation traditions.
The course is an intensive programme combining theory and practice, through lectures, practical workshops and a study visit to historic sites and urushi masters.
This international course is open to 9 conservators-restorers, curators, keepers, and other professionals working with lacquer objects. Candidates are requested to provide a 300 word statement describing the relevance of the course to their own working reality. At least three years of working experience is required. Preference will be given to candidates involved in training activities or who are heads of conservation teams.
Japanese specialists in urushi art and its conservation.
Working language: English.
Course fee: 900 € (Euro)
The selected participants will receive a scholarship covering round-trip travel from the participant’s country of origin and subsistence (hotel and meals) in Tokyo and Joboji (Ninohe) during the course. The scholarship does not include the course fee (see above).
Please fill out the ICCROM course application form and mail to the contact address below:
ICCROM - Collections Unit
13, via di San Michele
I-00153 ROME RM, ITALY
Tel (+39) 06 585531 Fax (+39) 06 58553349
E-mail: collections (at) iccrom.org
Application deadline: 31 March 2009