Building on 15 years of collaboration with Georgian colleagues in training and other conservation activities, The Courtauld is now planning its first-ever conservation project in Georgia in partnership with the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia and the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts.
Starting in 2012, this project will be undertaken on wall paintings at the famous rock-cut monastery of Vardzia in southern Georgia. Dating from 1184-86, the paintings feature a wide range of subjects including an iconic image of Queen Tamar, and are of an extraordinary technical sophistication. But they are in alarming condition, and the delicate conservation process will be carried out over a period of four years.
The First Lady of Georgia, H.E. the Georgian Ambassador to the UK, and Katie Melua were among many distinguished supporters to attend a dinner at The Courtauld Gallery in November to celebrate the collaboration. – www.courtauld.ac.uk