Our Conferences

44th Annual CAC Conference and Workshops

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

May 8 – 12, 2018  

Kingston’s conservators welcome you to the 44th Annual Conference and Workshops of the Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property from May 8th to 12th in the Limestone City, located on the traditional land of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee people. The conference will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton Kingston, located at 285 King Street East, with workshops at Queen’s University and in local art studios.

This year’s theme is Hands-On Conservation, and we have assembled a program of talks, posters and workshops touching on this topic and on many other interesting facets of conservation.

Questions? Please direct all questions about the conference to conference@cac-accr.ca.

Kingston Information

Accommodations

The Four Points by Sheraton Kingston is located in historic downtown Kingston.  Rooms are available at the block rate of $160 (double occupancy).

Other accommodation options near the conference venue include:

Queen’s University Residence (Group Code: 283023; Pin: 0506)

Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water’s Edge

Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront

Delta Hotels Kingston Waterfront

Confederation Place Hotel

Hotel Belvedere

Rosemount Inn and Spa

Secret Garden Inn

Frontenac Club Inn

Hochelaga Inn

Breaks & Lunches

Coffee breaks will be catered each day and the 90-minute lunch break will give delegates time to explore the Market Square area of downtown, just one block from the hotel.

Registration

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Conference Rates
Early Bird

(until April 8, 2018)

Regular

(after April 8, 2018)

One Day
Member $300 $350 $175
Non-Member $385 $425 $200
Student $125 $160 $75

 

Workshop Rates
Drum-Making Microscopy Refresher Silk Screening
Member $200 $200 $70
Non-Member $300 $300 $80
Student $175 $150 $60

Registration Form (PDF)

Note: As places are limited for the workshops and some of the conference activities, we strongly recommend using the online form, which gives you the best change to reserve a place.  Payments can be made by cheque or credit card.  Payments by cheque must be received within 10 days of registration.

Conference Program

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018

Four Points by Sheraton Kingston, 285 King Street East, Kingston, ON

7:45 – 8:45 REGISTRATION
8:45 – 9:00 WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS
9:00 – 9:45

Per Guldbeck Memorial Lecture

James Bourdeau

9:45 – 10:15 BREAK/TRADESHOW/POSTER SESSION
SESSION 1 DIRECTIONS IN PRACTICE
10:20 – 10:45

Scientific Concepts Critical for Practising Conservators:  Identifying Threshold Concepts

Alison Murray, Art Conservation Program, Queen’s University

10:45 – 11:10

Picturing Us: A Critical Visual Analysis of Photographs Used for Conservation Outreach

Anne MacKay, McCord Museum

11:10 – 11:35

Managerial-Style Exhibition Making Practice and the Changing Role of the Conservator

Sara Serban, McCord Museum

11:35 – 12:00

Conservation Trends and Directions – Messages from the Heritage Community

Charlie Costain*, Jonathan Fafard, Canadian Conservation Institute

12:00 – 13:30

LUNCH BREAK

CAPC AGM (Location TBA)

 SESSION 2 CONSERVATOR AS COLLABORATOR
13:30 – 13:55

Big Jobs, Big Picture: Lessons Learned from Large-Scale Treatments

Rachel Sabino, Art Institute of Chicago

13:55 – 14:20

Hold-off or Hands-on? Collaborative Engagement as an Integral Part of the Treatment Process

Megan Doxsey-Whitfield*, Kelly McHugh, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian

14:20 – 14:45

Approche postmoderniste de la conservation de l’héritage culturel prisé par l’industrie de la navigation touristique dans les eaux arctiques canadiennes depuis 1990

Pierre-Louis Têtu, Université d’Ottawa

14:45 – 14:50 ANNOUNCEMENTS
14:50 – 15:20 BREAK/TRADESHOW/POSTER SESSION
FRIDAY, May 11, 2018       

Four Points by Sheraton Kingston, 285 King Street East, Kingston, ON

8:00 – 9:00 REGISTRATION
8:55 – 9:00 ANNOUNCEMENTS
SESSION 3 COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT

9:00 – 9:25

Case Studies in the Implementation of Digital Preservation Plans and Policies in Small and Medium-Sized Cultural Heritage Institutions

Ern Bieman, Canadian Heritage Information Network

9:25 – 9:50

Moving Heaven and Earth: Re-housing the ROM’s Canadian and European Furniture Collections

Greg Kelley*, Greg Kelley Conservation Services; Melissa Maltby, Royal Ontario Museum

9:50 – 10:15

Expanded Cataloguing of Cape Dorset Inuit Prints: Summary of a Project Undertaken to Better Document the Japanese Papers Used by the Inuit Artist Printmakers of Cape Dorset

Amanda Gould*, Canadian Museum of History; Nancy Jacobi, The Japanese Paper Place, Toronto; Laura Hashimoto, Library and Archives Canada

10:15 – 10:45 BREAK/TRADESHOW/POSTER SESSION
SESSION 4 ART IN PUBLIC SPACES
10:45 – 11:10

Preliminary Results of a Comparative Study of Anti-Graffiti Coatings for Painted Outdoor Murals

Michael O’Malley*, Centre de conservation du Québec;

Nancy Binnie, Canadian Conservation Institute

11:10 – 11:35

The Conservation of Richard Serra’s Tilted Spheres: When Public Art Becomes Too Public

Sue Maltby, Maltby & Associates Inc., Toronto

11:35 – 12:00

The Belle Park Pole: A Cultural and Technical Analysis

Julia Campbell-Such*, Alison Murray, Amandina Anastassiades

Art Conservation Program, Queen’s University

12:00 – 13:30

LUNCH BREAK

(CAC REGIONAL REPS MEETING)

SESSION 5 TEXTILES
13:30 – 13:55

Conservation of Plastics and Synthetic Materials for a Costume Exhibition

Sonia Kata, McCord Museum

13:55 – 14:20

Light-Induced Change in the Structural Colour of Jewel Beetle Elytra on Textiles

Lauren Osmond, Art Conservation Program, Queen’s University

14:20 – 14:40

Hands On / Hands Off Textiles: Considering the Ethics of Washing through Research into Historical Cleaning and Finishing Practices

Sophia Zweifel*, Conservation Solutions Inc., Ottawa;  Gennifer Majors, Agnes Etherington Art Centre

14:40- 14:50

Conform to Perform: Preparing Gellan Gum for Use on Textile Substrates

Michelle Hunter, Canadian Conservation Institute

14:50-15:15 BREAK/TRADESHOW/POSTER SESSION
15:15 – 17:00

CAC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

SATURDAY, May 12, 2018

Four Points by Sheraton Kingston, 285 King Street East, Kingston, ON

8:30 – 9:00 REGISTRATION
SESSION 6 PAPER / PHOTOGRAPHS
9:00 – 9:25

Recovered Reflections: An Electrochemical Study of 19th Century Daguerreotypes

Madalena Kozachuk*, The University of Western Ontario; J. McElhone; T.K Sham; J.J. Noël; R.R. Martin; A.J. Nelson

9:25 – 9:50

Treatment impossibilities? Case studies for four badly damaged varnished paper artifacts with conflicting media and varnish solubility parameters

Crystal Maitland, Greg Hill, Canadian Conservation Institute

9:50 – 10:15

Kelpra Studio Job 6961: a Case Study of “The Software Chart“, a 1968 Screenprint on Plastic by Joe Tilson

Joan Weir*, Art Gallery of Ontario; Eric Henderson, Canadian Conservation Institute; Vincent Dion

10:15 – 10:45 BREAK/TRADESHOW/POSTER SESSION
SESSION 7 PAINTINGS
10:45 – 11:10

Fra Angelico’s Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin: Transformations Old and New

Gianfranco Pocobene*, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum;  Alexa Beller

11:10 – 11:35

The Materials and Techniques of Louis Dulongpré: Oil Portraits from 1800-1825

Kate Helwig*, Debra Daly Hartin, Canadian Conservation Institute

11:35 – 12:00

Balancing Stability and Originality in Conservation Treatment, Using Examples of Treatments on Paintings by Emily Carr and Lawren Stewart Harris

Sarah Spafford-Ricci*, Christine Foster, Fraser Spafford Ricci Art & Archival Conservation Inc.; Tara L. Fraser, Monica Smith (retired), Vancouver Art Gallery

12:00 – 13:30

LUNCH BREAK

(JCAC BROWN BAG LUNCH: Writing for peer-reviewed publication)

SESSION 8 OBJECTS
13:30 – 13:55

A Study of Light Discoloration of Birch Bark

Carole Dignard*, Season Tse, Eric Henderson, Canadian Conservation Institute;

 Sonia Kata, McCord Museum

13:55 – 14:20

Hands-On, Hands-Off: What Every Conservator Needs to Know About the Complexity of Asian Lacquer

Marianne Webb, Webb Conservation Services, Halfmoon Bay, B.C.

14:20 – 14:45

The Mask (and Glove of Hell):  Treatment of Two Degraded Rubber Horror Film Props

Evelyn Ayre*, Jill Plitnikas*, Carole Dignard, Canadian Conservation Institute

14:45 – 15:10

Waxing and Waning: the Curious Case of an Early Eaton’s Wax Display Mannequin

Laura Cunningham, Collections and Conservation, Museums and Heritage Services, City of Toronto

15:10 – 15:20 CLOSING REMARKS

Workshops

DRUM MAKING WORKSHOP

Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (each day)

Location: Artifacts Lab, Art Centre Extension, 15 Bader Lane

Helena Neveu, elder, drummer and educator, will lead participants through the creation of their own hand drums using hides prepared by Queen’s University Artifacts Conservation students. Participants will learn about the traditions associated with drums in specific indigenous cultures, and will have the opportunity to birth their own drums following traditional practice. This is an important opportunity for conservators to get hands-on experience with hides and drums, and to learn about the cultural meanings inherent in these objects. Limit of 25 participants.

MICROSCOPY REFRESHER WORKSHOP 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Microscopy Lab, Art Centre Extension, 15 Bader Lane

This hands-on workshop will include an introduction to basic polarized light microscopy (PLM), lenses, microscope parts and functions, and the preparation of temporary and permanent slides. Methods of sampling, sample handling and storage, and sample preparation for microscopy will also be covered.

The instructor for the workshop is Scott Williams. Scott retired from the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) in 2013 as a Senior Conservation Scientist. At CCI he performed thousands of analyses of materials from all types of museum and cultural objects. Since his retirement from CCI, Scott has been an Adjunct Professor teaching microscopy and assisting in the spectroscopic analysis of materials in the Master of Art Conservation Program at Queen’s University. Limit of 10 participants.

SILKSCREEN PRINTING WORKSHOP

Wednesday, May 9, 2018  – 9:00 am to 12:30 pm 

Location: TBD

In an informative, creative, hands-on session, participants will learn the history of screenprinting (it started in 1500 BC!), witness the photo-emulsion process and assemble silkscreens using materials found at hardware and thrift stores (no specialized supplies needed), and have a chance to see their ideas come to life with three different methods of screenprinting (stencil, resist, and photo emulsion).  Participants will be provided with a tote bag to print on and can also bring a cotton t-shirt from home if they wish. The workshop will be run by Barb Danielewski, artist and educator.  Limit of 25 participants.

JCAC BROWN BAG LUNCH: Writing for peer-reviewed publication

Saturday, May 12, 2018  12:00 pm  1:00 pm

Join the editors of the CAC’s Journal to discuss the process of writing for a technical journal and learn how you can make a contribution to the production of CAC’s flagship publication.  Submit a paper, become a guest editor, or work on the layout – learn how you can play a part!

Tours

AGNES ETHERINGTON ART CENTRE

Queen’s University, 36 University Avenue

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 –  2:00 pm to 3:00 pm 

The Queen’s University Collection of Canadian Dress has over 2500 objects including dresses, shoes, fans, parasols, jackets, hats, and much more housed at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. The technical care and documentation of this fine collection will be discussed by the Art Centre’s Textile Conservation Technician, Caitlyn Picard, whose internship is generously funded by Dr. Isabel Bader. Examples from the collection will be on display. Participation is limited to 15 people. There is no charge for this tour.

KINGSTON CITY HALL, 216 Ontario Street

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm or

Thursday, May 10, 2018 –  4:00 pm to 5:00 pm 

Built in 1844 when Kingston was the capital of the United Province of Canada, Kingston City Hall is a nationally designated heritage site and a prominent landmark on the city’s waterfront. In addition to its significant architecture, it features portraits, stained glass, and some intriguing history. There is no charge for this tour.

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY ART CONSERVATION LABS OPEN HOUSE, 15 Bader Lane

Thursday, May 10, 2018  – 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Come visit the labs of Queen’s University’s Art Conservation program. Meet students and faculty, and see what they’ve been working on. There is no charge for this tour.

COUNTRY SIPS” A WINE TOUR IN PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY

Sunday, May 13, 2018  – 9:30 am – 5:30 pm 

Join your conference organizers on a sommelier-lead wine tour of Prince Edward County. We will start off at the Cape Vineyards and the County Cider Company, then have a gourmet lunch at the Waupoos Market Pub. After lunch we will visit By Chadsey’s Cairns Winery and finish off at the Sandbanks Winery. The $141.25 cost includes return transportation from Kingston, all tastings, and lunch. Pick-up will be at Market Square. Limit of 20 participants.

Events

WORKSHOP RECEPTION / EMERGING CONSERVATORS COMMITTEE RECEPTION

University Club, 168 Stuart Street

May 9, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Workshop participants, emerging conservators and incoming conference delegates are welcome to meet and mingle at the University Club. Enjoy light refreshments and a complementary beverage, followed by a cash bar, in the cozy surroundings of this house overlooking Lake Ontario.

CONFERENCE RECEPTION

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 36 University Avenue

May 10, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

The beauty of the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery’s collections will draw you to the reception, and conversation with your friends and colleagues will be a bonus. Also on offer, light refreshments and a complementary beverage followed by a cash bar in this jewel of a gallery on the Queen’s campus. There is no cost for this reception.

CONFERENCE BANQUET

River Mill Restaurant, 2 Cataraqui Street  

May 11, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm 

The Conference Banquet and Silent Auction will take place at the River Mill Restaurant. This lovely restaurant is located in the historic Woolen Mill building on the banks of the Cataraqui River. It is accessible on foot from downtown Kingston, however we will also be providing transportation.

The silent auction is made possible by donations made from institutions and individuals. It may include artwork, memberships, vouchers, gift certificates, etc. We are looking for donations that would be appealing to you. The deadline for donation form completion is April 6th, 2018.

CAC Annual Conference Silent Auction Donation Form

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