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A Commemoration of Sharon Cather - CANCELLED

Thursday 16 April 2020, 2.00PM to 18 April 2020

We regret that this conference has now been cancelled because of the developing Coronavirus situation. All payments will be refunded within 1-2 weeks.

With papers from leading conservators and scholars, this two-and-a-half day conference celebrates Professor Sharon Cather’s life and achievements, especially her unique and multifaceted contribution to the conservation of wall paintings. The conference will not only reflect the extent and importance of Sharon’s influence in conservation work and related research and education, but also provide a forum to take stock of the current state of wall painting conservation internationally, and to consider potentially productive developments in the future.

Location: Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum and Kings Manor, University of York


Event programme

Event programme

Download and view the full Commemoration of Sharon Cather conference programme 2020 (PDF , 388kb)

Speakers include:

Su Bomin (Dunhuang Academy, China): ‘Sharon’s contribution to education and developing talent in wall painting conservation through collaborative projects of the Dunhuang Academy and Courtauld Institute’

Giorgio Bonsanti (Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence, 1988-2000; Universities of Turin and Florence, Italy, 2000-2010): ‘Rome and Florence: approaches to wall painting conservation in Italy since the 1960s’

Sarah Brown (University of York and York Glaziers Trust, UK): ‘A lot to live up to: stained glass conservation training and practice in York’

Rachel Burch (May/Burch Conservation, Inc., USA), Katey Corda (Corda Conservation, LLC, USA), Samantha Emmanuel (Architectural Conservation, Inc., USA) and Kiernan Graves (Site & Studio Conservation, LLC, USA): ‘The realities of conserving outdoor public murals in California’

Aviva Burnstock (Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK): ‘Walls and Easels at the Courtauld: collaboration, challenges, and the legacy of Sharon Cather’

Tobit Curteis (Tobit Curteis Associates LLP, Cambridge, UK): ‘Understanding and controlling the building environment: changing approaches to preventive conservation’

Juana Segura Escobar (Bogota, Colombia): ‘Challenges in conserving the wall paintings of the 6th-9th- century hypogea of the Tierradentro National Park, Cauca, Colombia’

Yeonjoo (Amanda) Hahn (Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK): ‘Prevent and preserve: challenges in the conservation of wall paintings in Korean Buddhist temples’

Joshua A. Hill (University College London, UK): ‘Science for wall painting conservation: who, why, and how’

Ioanna Kakoulli and Christian Fischer (University of California Los Angeles, USA): ‘The technical study of Byzantine and post-Byzantine wall paintings in Cyprus: methods and possibilities’

Nana Kuprashvili and Mzia Janjalia (Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, Georgia): ‘Wall painting conservation in Georgia: recent developments, challenges and prospects’

Pu Lan (Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK): ‘Tango monastery and its wall paintings: a spectacular monument from the Golden Age of Bhutan’

Ravit Linn (University of Haifa, Israel): ‘Early Byzantine wall paintings in Israel: research and conservation’

Katy Lithgow (National Trust, UK, 1991-2019): ‘Influences and influencing: the conservation of historic interiors in the National Trust’

Sreekumar Menon (Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK): ‘Early wall paintings from the 11th to 13th centuries in Ladakh: insights into the painting techniques and conservation challenges’

Michael Michael (University of Glasgow) and Craig Williams (CAIRN, UK): ‘From defacement to revivification: a digital-archaeological approach to illuminating the nave paintings of St Albans Cathedral’



Registration opens on 5 February.

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Travel and accommodation

Travel and accommodation

The conference is based at the Yorkshire Museum, behind King's Manor. There is more information on how to find the venue on the Yorkshire Museum website.

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