Training Course: Conservation & Restoration of Paper

Training Course: Conservation & Restoration of Paper
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The Museum of Art & Photography, Bengaluru is pleased to announce a four-month intensive ‘Training Course in Conservation & Restoration of Paper – Prints, Drawings and Maps’ as part of the MAP-Tata Trusts Art Conservation Initiative. The four-month course (comprising three-months training at MAP, followed by a one-month internship at the same or another approved art conservation centre), to be held from 1st February to 30th April 2022, is designed to be an intensive, hands-on training course that will equip the trainees with the necessary skills and knowledge to identify and understand deterioration of paper objects and critically think, develop and implement conservation and restoration of prints, drawings and maps following scientific methods within acceptable ethical and professional frameworks.


– To build critical faculty and develop problem solving temperament required to make sound conservation treatment decisions for prints, drawings and maps
– Recognise and identify technological, material, environmental and deterioration related problems
– Following investigations, find solutions to various problems and questions by reasoning, referencing and consultation processes
– Conservation and restoration of prints, drawings and maps
– Proficiency in use of modern and traditional materials and tools for conservation
– Documentation skills including mapping object deterioration, technical analysis, report writing
– Inculcate laboratory etiquette and work ethic

Principal paper objects that will be discussed during this training: Prints, Drawings and Maps

Participants: Participants should be practicing conservators. The training course is limited to up to 5 participants.


–  Material and technology of paper-prints, drawings and maps including inks, pigments and impression techniques
– Deteriorating mechanism of prints, drawings and maps
– Documentation techniques
– Analytical techniques
– Conservation infrastructure & materials
– Science for conservation
– Project preparation & proposal development
– Mounting, framing, display and storage

Core Trainers and Faculty

The course will be helmed by senior art conservator Lalit Pathak, a leading expert in paper conservation. Visiting subject specialists comprising experts in paper conservation and allied fields will be invited for conducting specific sessions.


The workshop will ensure that all the necessary knowledge resources are made available to the trainees through carefully designed lectures with appropriate emphasis on theory and practice. Experience sharing by practicing conservators, pre-course reading, illustrated lectures; lecture-demonstrations; conservation practicals; studio and site visits; assessments, one-month mandatory internship.


The participants will be assessed regularly by the faculty conducting the sessions. The training course will conclude with a final written assignment, practical assessment and viva-voce.

Following the three-month training course, a one-month internship is mandatory, upon completion of which a completion certificate will be awarded to the trainee.

Course Schedule

The detailed day-to-day schedule of the training course will be emailed to the selected participants only.

Training will be held at MAP for three months, followed by a one-month internship at MAP or at another approved art conservation centre.

Application and Selection Procedure

The desired qualifications of the candidates are:
– Conservation studies at the postgraduate/diploma level
– Early and mid-career paper conservators
– Knowledge of school-level science
– Computer literacy

Interested candidates are requested to fill in this application form make sure to attach the following:
– Statement of Purpose
– Curriculum Vitae
– Examples of work done in Paper Conservation
– At least one reference

Interviews of the shortlisted participants will be held by a selection panel online. The selected candidates will be informed by email.

Application Deadline: 31 December, 2021

Fees: There is no fee for this training course.

Travel and Accommodation: Participants are requested to kindly make their own travel, boarding and lodging arrangements. A modest merit-cum-means stipend may be offered to select outstation participants.

Additional Requirements: Participants are required to carry their own laptops with basic MS suite softwares installed for documentation and report making.

Contact: Rajeev Kr. Choudhury, Team Leader, MAP Conservation Centre
Phone: 080-40535200; Timings: Monday-Friday 0900-1700 hrs. Email:

The Tata Trusts Art Conservation Initiative proposes to establish, develop and strengthen art conservation centres across India, and to create a cohort of trained art conservators. Executed across five zonal institutes and one Academic Institute over a period of four years, one of the objectives of the project will be to conduct advanced material conservation training courses that will help further train practicing conservators and establish standards of competence in the field of art conservation. MAP Conservation Centre has been selected as the zonal centre in the southern region of India for this project with an outreach in the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Kerala.

Art and Photography Foundation (APF) was established in 2011, and registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It encourages participation in culture, creativity, and the arts through multi-disciplinary exchange. The art collection here comprises Photography, Modern and Contemporary Art, Popular Art, Paintings, Textile and Sculptures and Objects. Keeping in mind the principles of cultural diversity, gender equality, conservation of the environment and inclusivity, APF has recently established the Museum of Art & Photography in Bengaluru.

This training course is designed and supported by the Tata Trusts Art Conservation Initiative.