This one day conference explores the many ways in which water and humidity
can physically alter paintings, sometimes with disastrous effect; such as
staining canvases, flaking and blanching paint, warping of wooden panels
and cockling canvas supports. However, water is also a useful material for
conservators that can be employed in the treatment of painted surfaces,
such as: in the form of aqueous cleaning solutions, for moisture treatments
to reduce deformations, and as a carrier for adhesives.

This conference will look at the ways in which water and paintings can
interact, and their implications for the conservator. We welcome papers
that address new research or report case studies of treatments. Papers
could address topics such as:


   water damage and its treatment

   relative humidity and its effect on paintings

   water sensitivity of paint

   aqueous cleaning systems

   water soluble restoration materials

   Those wishing to put forward a paper should write their proposal using
   the abstract template, which can be downloaded from the ICON website ( or
   can be requested via the email address below.

   Deadline for the receipt of abstracts is 31st March 2018 and they should
   be returned by email to

*It should be noted that it is our intention to publish the papers as part
of our successful series of postprints.

*Guide for Abstracts/Presenters:*

The proposals should be a maximum of 500 words. If the committee selects
your paper for presentation, we will then request a copy of the full paper
for peer-review.

Talks should be 20 minutes. For the smooth running of the programme, we
would like all presenters to submit a PowerPoint presentation in advance of
the conference. We will also require an abstract in word format
(approximately 200 words) with a biography of the author(s) for the
conference handouts.


Registration for this event is not yet open and details for ticket sales
will be released soon.

Dr. Donatella Banti

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