Conference: The 38th Annual Gerry Hedley Student Symposium, Postgraduate Conservation Students, Courtauld Institute of Art, 1 July 2020, 9am – 2:30pm

This is a live online event.

Book your place here / More information here.

Please register for further details. The platform and log-in details will be sent to attendees at least 48 hours prior to the event time.

The Gerry Hedley Symposium is an annual student-run conference. Post-graduate students and interns from all three of the UK’s conservation courses, The Hamilton Kerr Institute, Northumbria University and The Courtauld Institute of Art, have the opportunity to present their research ranging from conservation, technical analysis and art-historical research of paintings and artworks on paper. We are delighted this year to continue this tradition and offer students an opportunity to present their research to members of the conservation world and further afield via the new online format.

Welcome and Introduction by the organising students

Panel One

Alice Limb (Courtauld Institute of Art) Oil Sketching in Bologna, c.1600: Materiality, Technique and Conservation

Christelle Wakefield (Northumbria University) (No Title)

Luz Vanasco (Courtauld Institute of Art) (No Title)

Sophie Kean (Northumbria University) ‘Striving for Longevity’: Materials and Replica in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Focusing on a Case Study of The Fruit Girl, c.1784, attributed to James Northcote (RA)

Anna Vesaluoma (Courtauld Institute of Art) ‘Full of SOPrises’: Characterisation of synthetic organic pigments in cross sections from paintings from the first half of the 20th century


Panel Two

Rachel Vella (Northumbria University) A Lost Painting: The Technical, Historical and Ethical Considerations in Uncovering a Maltese Seventeenth Century Painting

Alexandra Chipkin (Courtauld Institute of Art) A Palimpsetic Set of Panels: An investigation into the material, techniques, and historical context of the Fathers of the Church at Chastleton House

Kendall Francis (Courtauld Institute of Art) An Investigation into the materials and techniques of Willem Van de Velde the Younger (1633-1707), centring on the examination of The Royal Visit to the Fleet in the Thames Estuary 5 June 1672 at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Lunch Break

Panel Three

Tara Laubach (Northumbria University) (Not Title)

Maria Carolina Peña Mariño (Hamilton Institute) Unnoticed: diverse uses of starch in paintings

Closing Remarks

Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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