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Members of VICARTE collaborating in the meeting Glassac2014

Glass Science in Art and Conservation
Durham - 10th to 12th September
York - Saturday 13th September

History of the GLASSAC-conference In 1999 the conference “Glass, Art and Science” took place in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.During this conference the participants noticed the growing need for a glass community where they could share their knowledge and discuss the latest innovations and practical problems that go along with the conservation of historical glass. Consequently in 2005 a conference called “Glass Science in Art and Conservation” - short GLASSAC - was convened in Caparica, Portugal, for the first time. In this conference the scope of application was split in two areas: art and conservation. Three years later, in 2008, the second GLASSAC-conference took place in Valencia, Spain. On the one hand the participants of this conference explored and analyzed significant developments in the science of glass as well as technical possibilities and on the other hand they review practical issues and ethical dilemmas conservators are confronted with. In 2011 an international group of scientists, artists and people working in the field of glass met in the Bronnbach Monastery near Wertheim, Germany, on 10th - 13th May 2011 to take part in the third GLASSAC-conference. The central theme was: Innovative technologies in glass art, design and conservation from the 19th to the 21st century – the role of the sciences.


Members of VICARTE collaborated in two meetings in 2011:

Corpus Vitrearum - Portugal 
Stained Glass after 1920: Technology and conservation Forum for
the Conservation of Stained-Glass Windows
Lisbon, 26-28 September 2011
Glassac 2011
Glass Science in Art and Conservation
Bronnbach Monastery near Wertheim, Germany, 10-13 May 2011 

Corpus Vitrearum - Portugal 

The next Forum for the Conservation of Stained-Glass Windows will take place in Lisbon from 26th-28th September 2011. The Forum is being held under the auspices of the Portuguese Committee of the Corpus Vitrearum and the International Committee of the Corpus Vitrearum for the Conservation of Stained Glass.
20th and early 21st century stained glass presents particular technical features that are related to changing aesthetics. New technology and materials also represent a great challenge to conservators and conservation scientists. These aspects have not yet been the object of systematic reflection in spite of some important contributions. The next forum intends to propose an overall approach to this subject and motivate related discussion. Art historical issues are  central to the desired theoretical and methodological debate to be engaged in  this forum as well as an integrated vision of artistic production in the considered period.
Glassac 2011
Glass Science in Art and Conservation in Germany (
3rd GLASSAC-Conference in the Bronnbach Monastery near Wertheim, Germany on 
10th - 13th May 2011 in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicat 
Research in Wuerzburg and the Bronnbach Monastery, the International Convention Centre 
for Cultural Heritage Preservation IZKK. The GLASSAC represents an international 
forum, where glass experts exchange their latest trends, state-of-the -art experiences, 
and solutions for certain problems.