International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property
International Course on Conservation of…

International Course on Conservation of Japanese Paper (JPC)

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Conservation of Japanese Paper course participant

Place: Tokyo, Japan


The course
Many collections all over the world house Japanese paintings, calligraphic works and other paper–based artifacts. The purpose of this course is to offer those caring for such collections outside of Japan an insight into the materials and techniques of the Japanese paper-mounting tradition, and to the principles guiding the care of such collections in Japan. Through improving their understanding of the basic characteristics of the Japanese paper tradition, the participants will be in a better position to make decisions concerning the care of Japanese artifacts in their collections. The course aims also at offering opportunities to build bridges between the Japanese and the Western paper conservation traditions and to assess the applicability of the Japanese approach, materials & techniques also to non-Japanese cultural heritage.

The course is an intensive programme combining theory and practice, through lectures, practical workshops in Tokyo and a study tour in Mino and Kyoto to visit traditional paper-making masters and mounting studios.

The course is open to 10 conservators-restorers, curators, keepers, and other professionals actively involved in the preservation of and access to cultural heritage. At least three years of working experience is required. Preference will be given to candidates also involved in training activities or who are heads of conservation teams.

Art historians, conservation scientists, traditional paper-mounting and conservation specialists from leading institutions in Japan.

Working language: English

Course fee: 900 Euro

The organizers will cover costs of round-trip travel from the participant’s country of origin, domestic trip in Japan, accommodation and daily expenses during the course.

Please use the ICCROM application form and mail it to the contact address below.

Candidates are also requested to provide a 300 word statement describing the relevance of the course to their own working reality.

ICCROM – Collections Unit
Via di San Michele 13
I-00153, Rome, ITALY
Tel: +39 06 58553 1
Fax: +39 06 58553349
Email: collections (at)

Application deadline: 14 March 2016

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