Identifying protein-based materials in art objects using the ELISA technique
This three-day workshop is open to conservators, conservation scientists and MA conservation students, particularly members of ICOM-CC and AICCM.
Held at the Art Gallery of NSW, it will be conducted by Dr Julia Schultz, conservation scientist at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Stuttgart, Germany.
The course will explore newly developed immunological procedures for the identification of proteins and gums in works of art using the Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) technique.
By using different antibody-based techniques, complex mixtures of several proteins and gums can be distinguished down to a species level and localised on cross-sections.
During the workshop, conservators and conservation scientists will work together in research teams to run experiments on replica samples. With prior arrangement, participants will be allowed to run their own samples (replica or real) if desired.
The participants will have an opportunity to discuss the challenges of protein analysis in the relevance to conservation and an interpretation of proteinaceous binding media in works of art.
This is an event of the ICOM-CC Wood, Furniture and Lacquer Working Group, complementing but not part of the ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference in Melbourne, 15-19 September 2014.
Image: Setting the spectrophotometer, purchased with the Friends of Conservation fund, in preparation for the ELISA course
9-11 September 2014, 9-5pm
$500 per person
Expressions of interest should be emailed
by 28 March 2014 to
Dr Malgorzata Sawicki
Coordinator, ICOM-CC Wood, Furniture and Lacquer Working Group
Duration 8 hours