Summer Schools

NACCA Summer school, Amsterdam

Photo courtesy of Sanneke StigterFrom 11 to 15 July 2016 the University of
Amsterdam hosted the first NACCA Summer School of NACCA – the Marie Curie ITN programme New Approaches in the Conservation Contemporary Art. The fifteen PhD researchers and the supervisors met for a week’s teaching and discussions. The content was curated to complement the students’ current position in their research trajectories. In line with the diverse backgrounds and focus of the PhD candidates, the training programme covered a medley of topics, including an introduction to the model of Problem Based Learning; the process of artist’s interviews; research ethics; and various insights into documentation methods. The group was able to attend behind-the-scene tours of the conservation studios at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Rijks Museum as well as the laboratories of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. For more information, see the website.

Objects as evidence, Amsterdam


“Conservation and Humanities: Objects as Evidence” was a unique two-week summer course led by a team of researchers, curators, conservators and scientists from the Rijksmuseum Conservation Department, the Conservation Department of the University of Amsterdam and the Bard Graduate Center in New York. Students from all over the world were selected to join the course. Their background varied from history and art history, to archaeology. The students were led through a series of object-driven examinations of pieces primarily from the collections of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The course attracted the attention of the “Leidsch Dagblad”, a Dutch regional newspaper. The article by Marieta Kroft is available online.

Villa Noailles, Hyères, France


In 2015 the first Summer School will be held in the Villa Noailles in Hyères. This Summer School will be held during the last two weeks of July and focuses upon two rooms in the villa. Villa Noailles was designed and built between 1923 and 1933 by the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens in close cooperation with the Noailles themselves. The interior of the villa was designed and realised in the same period by several designers and artists, including the Dutch Theo van Doesburg and Sybold van Ravensteyn. The 2015 Summer School will involve a reconstruction of the wall painting designed by Theo van Doesburg in the ‘Chambre des Fleurs’ and research of the colours used in the ‘Chambre d’amis’ by Sybold van Ravensteyn. The Summer School is organised by the UvA Conservation and Restoration Department in close cooperation with Villa Noailles.
The poster – in Dutch – of the forthcoming Summer School can be downloaded here.
For more information about Villa Noailles, see the website.

Plakari Conservation Project, Greece

summerschool5For the first time in 2014, the summer campaign of the Amsterdam Free University the Plakari Project included a collaboration with the UvA Conservation and Restoration Department. This initiative involved a team of two Post-Master trainees from the Glass, Ceramics and Stone specialisation and one trainee from the specialisation Metal. Metal conservation lecturer, Tamar Davidowitz, supervised the conservation of the archaeological finds made since 2010. It turned out to be a successful cooperation resulting in the stabilisation, cleaning and reconstruction of a large number of objects. Interesting and important discoveries were also made as a result of the fruitful collaboration, as anticipated to be the case in the future. In the summer of 2015, students, trainees and lecturers from the UvA Conservation and Restoration Department will participate in this project again.

Frederikshald’s theatre sceneries in Halden, Norway


The first Summer School was held in 2012, followed by a second one in 2014. The Summer School involves the conservation of theatre sceneries from the 1838 baroque theatre in Halden. The theatre’s collection consists of a variety of sceneries, dating from 1838 up to circa 1920. The organisation of this Summer School is in the hands of the Department of Conservation of the IAKH University in Oslo, in collaboration with the UvA Conservation and Restoration Department, the Institutt für Restaurierungs- und Konservierungswissenschaft of the Fachhochschule in Köln and the Halden Historiske Samlinger. Please take a look at the blog.
The poster of the 2014 Summer School can be downloaded here.
In 2015 the Halden Summer School will not be held.

Oranienbaum, Germany


After the first initiative of a ‘Colloquium Oranienbaum’ in 2008, the first Summer School in Oranienbaum took place in 2011 and was succeeded by another one in 2012. The Summer Schools were organised by Claudia Hörster, Keeper of the Art Collection at the Royal Archives in The Hague and Dr Wolfgang Savelsberg, Head of the Department of Palaces / Collections Kulturstiftung DessauWörlitz. The two previous Summer Schools each lasted for four to five weeks and both Dutch and German students participated. Besides the UvA Conservation and Restoration Department, the Wall Paintings Departments of FH Potsdam, ABK Stuttgart and HfbK Dresden participated. In 2011 the ‘Chambre in Chinoiserie Style’ was treated and in 2012, the ‘Anti-Chambre’ (also a Chinoiserie).
The reports can be downloaded here: 2011 and 2012.
Pending financial means, the Oranienbaum Summer School is currently on hold.