Restorers without Frontiers is a charity project initiated by The London School of Picture & Frame Conservation in 2015. The focus of the project is three fold –
1) Restore heritage artifacts in countries where there is a need.
2) Work with and train local conservators
3) Leave a legacy in place so that the work may continue.
You can read about the first phase of the project in January and February 2016 on our Blog. We want to pay tribute not only to the local students in Goa for all their hard work and effort, but to the many volunteers who came out from Europe at their own expense to help make the project a success. None of this could have happened without the help and support of the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, the Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrão and the whole team in the Archbishop’s House, in particular Father Joaquim Loiola Pereira.
We are delighted that almost all of the students who attended wish to continue (two of them are unable to as they are out of the country), and that they have formed a team to carry on basic conservation work up to the level of their training. This has included surface cleaning of paintings, and also work on polychrome statues.
The second phase which returns to the Archbishop’s House in Panjim, Goa, will take place in 2017, and we are excited that we will also be undertaking work at the Rachol Seminary.
In 2017 we also have volunteers from Italy and Denmark joining the project, and we are always happy to hear from experienced painting conservators who would like to be involved – either to join us or to support us in some other way.