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                                     Ramping up conservation efforts to preserve

                                               India’s rich art and cultural heritage

                      India’s rich and varied art and cultural heritage—whose evolution   sculptures at the Himalayan Society for Heritage and Art
                      spans many centuries—is reflected in the thousands of heritage    Conservation, Ranibagh. Ten conservators were trained during
                      sites located across the country and in the art and artefacts on   these two courses, who upon completion of their training,
                      display therein. However, the preservation of this crucial symbol   undertook month-long internships at di erent institutes. A
                      of the country’s cultural legacy has su ered due to a stark deficit   training course was also organised at the Museum of Art and
                      in the number of trained art conservators and conservation labs.  Photography in Bangalore in March this year, which focused on
                                                                                       the conservation of paper (prints, drawings, and maps).
                      Opportunities for formal training in art conservation are also
                      lacking, with one government-aided post-graduate programme in    Each training course is developed and led by an expert
                      art conservation available, along with a handful of post-graduate   conservator in that material, and is supported by an academic
                      diploma courses that focus on museology, conservation, and       consultant from the Art Conservation Initiative. A course anchor
                      curation. The courses currently o ered by universities or private   is engaged on-site for three months to supervise  the work of
                      museums focus on preventive and remedial conservation of         participants, report on, and document the course. Visiting faculty
                      artefacts, and not specifically on conservation of materials, such   is engaged as required for specific technical sessions.
                      as paper, oil paintings, stone, or metals.
                                                                                       “Our perception of conservation changed quite a bit after taking
                      The Tata Trusts’ Art Conservation Initiative develops and o ers   this course; including how to think critically and evaluate the
                      intensive training courses in the conservation of specific materials,   step-by-step process of conservation, how to use photography
                      facilitating the creation of a network of art conservation       and other computer-based applications to improve conservation,
                      professionals. Conceptualised in 2018 to create a formal framework   and how to incorporate locally sourced materials and simple
                      for art conservation in India that focuses on infrastructure, training,   techniques,” says Kartick Kayal, a conservator who took part in
                      and outreach, the Trusts have partnered with five art institutes across   the KIAC’s course on conservation of oil paintings.
                      India to establish and upgrade their conservation labs. The
                      partnership involves hiring and training three conservators at each   Other training courses for the conservation of manuscripts and
                      institute: conducting field surveys for smaller collections, imparting   miniature paintings, stone, wood, metals, wall paintings, etc. have
                      preventive  conservation  training,  and  in  particular  training  30   also been organised at museums across India. By the end of the
                      conservators,  annually.  The programme  will  also  support  the   project period, the Trusts
                      establishment of a master’s programme in art conservation at an   hope to have built a network
                      Indian university.                                               of   enthusiastic, well-trained
                                                                                       conservation professionals.
                      As part of the ongoing initiative, the Trusts have conducted three
                      month-long training courses in the conservation of oil paintings at
                      the Kolkata Institute of Art Conservation (KIAC) and a training
                      course in the conservation and restoration of stone objects and
                                                                                        Students insert dowels in a sandstone sculpture
                                                                                        to re-join its broken pieces during the
                                                                                        Conservation-Restoration of Stone
                       8  DECENT WORK AND                                               Sculptures and Objects course held at the
                          ECONOMIC GROWTH
                                                                                        Himalayan Society for Heritage and Art
                        PROJECT ALIGNS WITH SDG                                         Conservation, Ranibagh

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