2024: Annual Conference

Friday, 22 March

Traditional Paint Forum Conference 2024: On And Off The Wall

Colourful discussions on forgeries, auditing and preserving wall paintings, heritage skills at risks and conservation of paintings on zinc.

This in-person event will take place at the historic St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate on Fri 22nd March 2024 at 09:30 GMT.

Join us for vibrant and colourful discussion covering a wide range of traditional paint topics:

St Botolph’s Without Bishopsgate is the Guild Church of the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers. Tom Saunders, who combines specialist painting and decoration with fan making will be giving a short introductory talk about this ancient craft.

Stewart Wright and Sophie Stewart will discuss the 80 properties with wall paintings in English Heritage’s care, with an overview on the Condition Audit of every painting and prioritisation of their conservation requirements. The talk will focus on rare surviving early 12th Century wall-paintings from St Mary’s Church, Kempley, Gloucestershire, which are the most complete set of Romanesque paintings in northern Europe

Mackenzie Higgins and Karen Morrissey ACR of Hirst Conservation will detail the complex challenges of conserving oil paintings on corroded zinc panels. The panels, which are early works of Sir Ninian Comper, are situated in a medieval stone reredos of St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Geddington, Northamptonshire. The presentation will provide in-depth information on the treatments and the background surrounding each treatment decision.

After lunch, talks by Ruth McNeilage will relate the conservation of East Harptree Wall paintings, and Mary Lewis will discuss heritage skills and crafts at risk of being lost. Helen Hughes ACR will reveal her research on the forger George Shaw- in1847 Shaw was finally caught out! The Percy arms on the two ‘ancient cupboards’ he was trying to sell to the incredulous Duke of Northumberland was wrong. It was obvious the new wood had been patinated with soot and a coat of dirty varnish. But Shaw seem to have painted the backs with expensive ultramarine. Why?

We will be hosting exhibitions from Wallace Seymour Fine Art Materials, Mike Dobby XRF analysis and Rose of Jericho paints.

As ever, the TPF conference is a chance to connect with fellow paint enthusiasts. Following the AGM at 17:00, there will be a drinks and nibbles evening, a great opportunity to keep the conversation going.

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