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 two phases of the project in January and February 2016 and 2017 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 around the world at their own expense to help make the project a success. We have had volunteers so far from the UK, Italy, Denmark, Portugal and Canada. 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 were very pleased this year to be visited by students and staff from the National School of Journalism in Bangalore who produced two short films of the work we are doing in Goa – a Mini Feature and the Main Report. Our thanks to Dipti Kumar, Head for Broadcast Journalism as well as students Ipsita Kabiraj and Stephen Gershom.
We are delighted that almost all of the students who attended are continuing (one of them is unable to as they are studying 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 third phase, which returns to the Archbishop’s House in Panjim, Goa as well as continuing work at Rachol Seminary, will take place in 2018.
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. Please do get in touch.