Workshop: Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces 2017

Posted on Mon, 02/20/2017 - 15:59


Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

Date and time


The Hamburger Kunsthalle is hosting CAPS 2017, a workshop about the cleaning of acrylic painted surfaces, organised by the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), held from July 18 to 21, 2017. CAPS 2017 is part of an ongoing series of GCI workshops that aim to directly engage conservators with the current research on identifying a broader range of cleaning systems and methodologies for acrylic painted surfaces.

The workshop will include lectures presenting new research, technology and practical advances, much of which has been developed by the course instructors themselves. There will also be a significant amount of hands-on activity designed to apply and test the different approaches. Participants will be provided with commercially available and custom-prepared cleaning materials for testing on paint films. Group discussions will be used to evaluate materials, techniques, applicability and effectiveness.

The objectives of the CAPS workshop are to:

  • communicate the results of recent scientific research and new developments in conservation practice
  • stimulate a dialogue between researchers and conservators about the application of new research and technical insights to the conservation
  • develop critical thinking skills that will help participants design project-specific cleaning systems in their own labs
  • identify areas where further research is needed

Tom Learner, Head of Science, Getty Conservation Institute
Bronwyn Ormsby, Principal Conservation Scientist, Tate
Chris Stavroudis, Conservator in private practice, Los Angeles

Space for this workshop is limited to eighteen mid-career conservators with at least three to five years experience working with two- and three-dimensional acrylic painted surfaces. Priority will be given to applicants currently working with these materials who can demonstrate a commitment to sharing the knowledge and skills gained during the course with their colleagues and the wider conservation community. The workshop language is English.

The workshop fee is €470 and includes a harbor tour reception. Participants are responsible for all travel costs and expenses associated with the workshop.

To Apply
Please complete the application* according to the instructions below. Applicants should prepare information in advance and be ready to complete, save, and email the form in one sitting.

Step 1: Download the PDF application form to your computer.

Step 2: Save the PDF file to your computer, using your last name as the file name (example: caps_smith_2017). Do not flatten the file as this makes the interactive fields unreadable upon submission.

Step 3: Open the application form in Acrobat Reader only. Do not complete the form from within any browser window (Chrome, Safari, etc.) or in Preview (Mac users), as it will not be fully functional.

Step 4: Complete the form; save it; then email it, with any attachments, to caps[at] with "CAPS 2017 Application" in the subject line. Important: email the saved PDF; do not use the submit button.

Application deadline is March 24, 2017.


Final selection of applicants will be made according to the eligibility criteria outlined above by April 21, 2017.

If you have questions about the CAPS 2017, the application process, or require additional information, please contact caps[at]