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 on the campus of Queen’s University in Wallace Hall, John Deutsch University Centre, 99 University Avenue.

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

Campus Accommodations

We have reserved a room block of 60 two bedroom units at $109.00 per unit (tax extra), in one of the new premium Queen’s University residences. Each unit has 2 bedrooms, each with one double bed. Bed linens (basic pillows), towels and soap are supplied. Please bring hair dryers, favourite pillow if desired, and personal toiletries. The one bathroom is shared by the two adjoining bedrooms; although there are privacy locks between the two bedrooms, these are not security locks. The buildings offer comfortable common rooms throughout the building that can be used for socializing or for meetings and are shared by all occupants on each floor. Laundry facilities are available and are located on the main floor.  Every effort will be made to keep our group in one area. However, the date that participants book their rooms online may restrict the University’s ability to do so. You are encouraged to book early.  To reserve one of the Queen’s University rooms, go to http://reservations.eventservices.queensu.ca

Our Group Code is 277613 and our PIN is 0506

Other accommodation options within 2 km of the conference venue include:

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


You will have 1 ½ hours for lunch each day. Depending on how quickly you walk and how fast the service is, this may give you time to walk downtown for lunch. You may, however, choose to stay on campus. Be aware that the Queen’s campus is quiet in the spring; many of the food outlets close down. As a solution, Queen’s has generously offered to open Leonard Cafeteria for the exclusive use of CAC delegates; a delicious buffet lunch will be provided. Prepayment of $15 for each day is required if you wish to take advantage of this offer.

Other campus lunch options will include:

– Tim Hortons in the Queen’s Centre, 284 Earl Street (right behind John Deutsch)

– Grocery Checkout in the Queens’s Centre

– Macintosh-Corry cafeteria: soups, packaged sandwiches and salads, baked goods and snacks

– Food trucks on Union Street

– The Grad Club, 162 Barrie Street

– Old Farm Fine Foods, 204 Barrie Street


Registration will open on March 1, 2018.

Conference Registration Rates

Early Bird (until April 8, 2018)

  • Member $300
  • Non-Member $385
  • Student $125

Regular (after April 8, 2018)

  • Member $350
  • Non-Member $425
  • Student $160

One Day

  • Member $175
  • Non-Member $200
  • Student $75

Workshop Registration Rates 


  • Member $200
  • Non-Member $300
  • Student $175

Microscopy Refresher

  • Member $200
  • Non-Member $300
  • Student $150

Glass Blowing

  • Member $45
  • Non-Member $50
  • Student $45

Silk Screening

  • Member $70
  • Non-Member $80
  • Student $60

Conference Program

7:45 – 8:45 REGISTRATION
9:00 – 9:45

Per Guldbeck Memorial Lecture

James Bourdeau

9:45 – 10:15 BREAK
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


CAPC AGM (Location TBA)

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
FRIDAY, May 11      
8:00 – 9:00 REGISTRATION

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
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



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
15:15 – 17:00



8:30 – 9:00 REGISTRATION
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  & POSTER SESSION
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



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



Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – 9:00 am – 4:00 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.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – 9:00 am – 4:00 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.

There is a limit of 10 participants for this workshop. Should there be sufficient interest, the organizers will make every effort to host an equivalent workshop on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.


Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9, 2018  1 hour – various times 

Location: Kingston Glass Blowing and Studio, 56 Queen Street

Participants will learn about the history and technology of glass-blowing and make a 4” hollow ball that will be delivered to them at the conference later in the week.  Each workshop can accommodate 10 participants. https://www.kingstonglassgallery.com/


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

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.  www.barbdanielewski.com There is room for a maximum of 25 participants. A second workshop can be scheduled if there is enough interest.



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.


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.


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 the Queen’s residences and in Market Square. 20 person limit.




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.


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 on Thursday May 10th, 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.


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 http://www.rivermill.ca/. 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 between campus/downtown and the restaurant.