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Welcome to all Icon members from the Committee of the Icon Paintings Group. We have a regular programme of conferences and meetings spread throughout the year to which all members of Icon and the wider public are warmly invited.



'Rothko's 'Untitled, Black on Maroon': Recovering an Icon'

Thursday 20th November 2014, 6.30pm

Rachel Barker and Bronwyn Ormsby

Rachel and Bronwyn of the Tate Rothko Conservation Treatment Project team, will present an overview of - and share some personal insights arising from - the conservation treatment of Rothko's Untitled Black on Maroon, 1958 (Tate T01170) which was vandalised with graffiti ink in October 2012 at Tate Modern. The presentation will summarise each stage of the treatment from the extensive research phase involving the production of a representative test sample based on past materials analysis, further analysis of the painting and ink materials, fine tuning of the ink removal solvent system, through to the successful cleaning and retouching of the painting itself.


Rachel Barker has been a Painting Conservator at Tate since 1999, specialising in the conservation of modern and contemporary paintings. She has a particular interest in the ethics surrounding the conservation of modern art and has published on the subject. Before Tate, Rachel was a Churchill Fellow at the National Gallery of Canada conserving mainly Canadian contemporary art and previously, Painting Conservator at Southampton City Art Gallery.


Bronwyn Ormsby has been Senior Conservation Scientist at Tate since May 2007,

specialising in the scientific analysis of works of art and the evaluation of conservation treatments on modern and contemporary art. Prior to this, Bronwyn held the AXA Art (2006-2007) and Leverhulme Trust (2003-2006) postdoctoral Research Fellowship positions at Tate – where she carried out pioneering research into the effects of surface cleaning treatments on acrylic emulsion paint films and works of art.


Venue: In the Drawing Room at Freemason's Hall, 60 Great Queen Street London WC2B 5AZ.

The Drawing Room at Freemasons hall is on the 1st floor, up the main staircase and straight in front of you.

Freemasons Hall is close to both Covent Garden and Holborn Tube Stations.

Doors open at 6pm. Talk 6.30pm – 8pm

Tickets: ICON members:  £10, non- members: £15. Students £5 (student card required to be shown on the door)

Free wine and cheese inc. in price of ticket.

Please apply for tickets through Eventbrite. You should book your tickets no later than Tuesday, 18th November 2014 for us to compile the security list.





‘Modern Conservation: What’s New?’

Icon Paintings Group Conference, 10th October 2014



Venue: The Wallace Collection, London


The Paintings Group is hosting a conference during which the speakers will discuss various aspects of modern conservation, by presenting their research and findings as well as a number of case studies. The aim of the day is to provide a platform for paintings conservators to discuss various aspects of modern conservation including: the deterioration and conservation of contemporary works of art and problems posed by it; appraisal of new conservation materials and their properties; new and innovative techniques that are being developed and used to address conservation problems; or new and novel ways of using traditional or well known materials already in the conservator’s tool kit.


Topics of discussion will include: recent developments in wet cleaning systems for unvarnished modern and contemporary painted surfaces; the treating of and removal of liquefying paint; an evaluation of adhesives, consolidants and retouching media for the conservation and treatment of paintings on transparent plastic supports; Laropal A81 as an alternative to MS2A and other resins; the use of Kinesio tape as a supportive measure during conservation treatments; and a review of rigid stretcher insert systems, their materials and applications. There will also be a number of case studies, exploring modern conservation materials and complex ethical issues.


Please see the ICON website and the Paintings Group events page for a full programme of speakers and papers.


Evening Reception


Afterwards we will be holding an evening reception from 5-6pm at The Wallace Restaurant. Two free drinks vouchers will be included in the delegate packs and are included in the ticket price.




Registration for this event is now open - book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets prices are: members £75; non-members £95; students/concessions £45.


Tickets can be purchased by following the link below to the Eventbrite page. We look forward to seeing you there!


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Conference programme


9:15- 9:45             Registration


9:45- 10:00          Welcome


Session 1

10:00- 10:30        Recent developments in wet surface cleaning systems: unvarnished modern and contemporary painted surfaces.

Bronwyn Ormsby*, Melinda H Keefe, Alan Phenix and Tom Learner

10:30- 11:00        Treating softening paint and drips in paintings by Tal-R and van Hemert.

Ida Antonia Tank Bronken*, Jaap J. Boon, and Anna Vila

11:00- 11:30        Cleaning off liquefying paint.

Line Blomsterberg Anderson*, Katherine Segel, Katarina Havermark


11:30- 12:00        Coffee break


Session 2

12:00- 12:30        Conservation treatment of Rex Whistler’s mural In Search of Rare Meats in the Tate Restaurant, August – October 2013, using Acrylic Consolidant Lascaux 498HV.

Jim Dimond

12:30- 13:00        Adhesives, consolidants and retouching media for the conservation treatment of paintings on transparent plastic supports: Assessing risks, joint integrity and aging.

                                Donald Sale


13:00- 14:00        Lunch


Session 3

14:00- 14:30        Laropal A81 as an alternative to MS2A and other resins.

Sophie Reddington

14:30- 15:00        Kinesio tape – Conservation science meets sports medicine.

Anna Krez

15:00- 15:30        Vibration Management for Canvas Paintings: A review of rigid stretcher insert systems, their materials and applications.

Laura Hinde


15:30- 16:00        Coffee break


Session 4

16:00- 16:30        Conservation consultancy and treatment ordered by the artists for their action related to the contemporary painting

Miroslaw Wachowiak and Slawomir A. Kaminski

16:30- 17:00        Oral poster presentations.


17:00 Closing Remarks

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