Friday, 28 November 2014

Building Foundations – Building A New Culture For Building Craft Education and Industry

With the recent economic downturn, an increased focus on the trades and trade education has been espoused by government and societal leaders. How have educational providers responded to these calls for a greater trained workforce in traditional crafts? What can educators, institutions, government agencies and non-profits learn from their counterparts’ experiences? What are the platforms and pathways that can be and are being created today that will lead craft education in the future?

The goal of this conference is to create an environment for collaborative exchanges between educational providers, institutions/organizations, government and industry and to permit educational providers to build greater partnerships with their peers. Abstracts and panel discussion proposals are currently being accepted for the following themes:

Defining Pathways for Trades Education in the 21st Century

Industry, business and higher education
Craft practitioners, teacher and the public
Potential for development of skills exchange, and partnership efforts
Collaboration on community, regional, national and international levels
Building a new culture for building craft education and industry
Finding and Remembering the Reasons for Building Craft
This conference is designed to build on the collaborative learning set

3-year Robert Sainsbury Scholarship

Scholarships, including the 3-year Robert Sainsbury Scholarship for doctoral study, are available for MA and PhD candidates with a background in anthropology, archaeology, art history and related subjects, and who wish to study the historical and/or contemporary arts and material culture of one or more of the three regions. Scholarships can cover fees and living costs for students enrolled on graduate programmes at the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas (SRU).
Museum anthropology is emphasised in teaching, using the Sainsbury Collection displayed in Norman Foster’s Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

For further information:

CALL FOR PAPERS: 41st Annual CAC Conference and Workshops "Conserving the Past, Embracing the Future"

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
May 26-30, 2015

Deadline for submissions of papers and posters is 31 January 2015, and deadline for submissions of ignite talks is 31 March 2015. For all the details, please click on this link or visit our web site's home

Student Grants for 2015 Conservation Placements: Zibby Garnett

The Zibby Garnett Travel Fellowship will once again be offering grants to students to fund overseas conservation placements.
This year seven students received a shared total of £8,650 to travel around the world.
Full information, including an application form, can be found on the
More information is available on their Facebook page and Twitter @TheZGTF

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Conservation fellowships at the MET

Getty Graduate Internships in Conservation

Deadline for applications: 1st December.
These are offered in the four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust—the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation, as well as in Getty Publications—to students who intend to pursue careers in fields related to the visual arts. Training and work experience placements are available in areas such as curatorial, education, conservation, research, information management, public programs, and grantmaking.
See details here:


Deadline for applications: 1st December. 

The Smithsonian’s Office of Fellowships and Internships has announced one-year fellowships for recent graduates of masters programs in art and archaeological conservation (or the equivalent) to conduct research and gain further training in Smithsonian conservation laboratories for conservation of museum collections. Researchers in conservation science topics, including those at the postdoctoral level, are also encouraged to apply. The fellowship begins in the fall of 2015. A stipend of $37,700 is being offered at the postgraduate level and $48,000 at the postdoctoral level, plus a research allowance up to $4,000. While 12-month fellowship proposals are preferred, applications for projects of shorter duration (between 3-12 months) are acceptable, with a commensurate reduction to the stipend amounts. The prospective fellow must first contact the conservator or scientist with whom he or she would like to work. If the potential supervisor confirms that candidacy is suitable, application must be made through the Office of Fellowships and Internships by December 1, 2014. Program guidelines and instructions for application are available at As one of the conservation laboratories in which a fellowship is offered, the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) offers postings for treatment and research projects benefiting Smithsonian collections that make use of MCI’s excellent analytical capabilities ( Contact:

Mary Ballard, Senior Textiles Conservator, 301-238-1210,
A. Elena Charola, Research Scientist (biodeterioration, stone), 301-238-1213,
Paula T. DePriest, Deputy Director (biodeterioration), 301-238-1206,
Janet G. Douglas, Head of Technical Studies (analysis of cultural heritage), 301-238-1238,
Christine France, Physical Scientist (stable isotopes), 301-238-1261,
Carol Grissom, Senior Objects Conservator, 301-238-1236,
Jessica S. Johnson, Head of Conservation (archaeological materials), 301-238-1218,
Robert J. Koestler, Director (biodeterioration), 301-238-1205,
Nicole Little, Physical Scientist (ICP-MS, XRD, SEM-EDS), 301-238-1243,
Odile Madden, Research Scientist (modern materials, plastic, Raman spectroscopy), 301-238-1257,
Dawn Rogala, Paintings Conservator (modern paints, artists’ materials research/archives), 301-238-1255,
Jia-Sun Tsang, Senior Paintings Conservator (research and treatment of modern and contemporary art), 301-238-1231,
Ed Vicenzi, Research Scientist (microchemistry/microscopy), 301-238-1215,

Fellows may also be hosted in the conservation laboratories of other Smithsonian museums, with the possibility of additional facilities for analytical work available at MCI. The conservator contacts for these museums are listed below:

Janice Ellis, National Museum of American History (202-633-3623; for books and paper
Sunae Park Evans, National Museum of American History (202-633-3629; for costumes
Malcolm Collum, National Air and Space Museum (703-572-4361; for objects
Tiarna Doherty, Smithsonian American Art Museum (202-633-5802; for colonial to contemporary paintings, paper, objects, and frames
Catharine Hawks, National Museum of Natural History (202-633-0835; for natural history objects
Greta Hansen, National Museum of Natural History (301-238-1306; for anthropological objects
Andrew Hare, Freer and Sackler Galleries (202-633-0370; for objects, paper, and Asian paintings; and conservation science
Susan Lake, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (202-633-2731; for modern materials
Nora Lockshin, Smithsonian Institution Archives (202-633-5913; for archives, books, and paper
Dana Moffett, National Museum of African Art (202-633-4614; for objects
Lou Molnar, National Portrait Gallery (202-633-5822; for paintings and paper
Beth Richwine, National Museum of American History (202-633-3639; for objects
Suzanne Thomassen-Krauss, National Museum of American History (202-633-3347; for textiles

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