October 2012

The International Language of Art: investigating and conserving European baroque wall paintings (8 – 12 April 2013)

The workshop

A week-long adult education workshop funded by Grundtvig/ECORYS Lifelong Learning Programme for residents of the EEC.

The wonderful baroque buildings of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, were built in the 1690s as a hospital for old and injured seamen. The Painted Hall, originally intended as a dining hall, was decorated by English painter Sir James Thornhill in a style consistent with other European artists of the age including Rubens, Verrio, Ricci and Orazio Gentileschi. It is the largest painted interior of its type in the UK.

A major conservation project taking place in the Painted Hall will give participants a once-in-a-lifetime chance to observe conservators at work and to take part in some hands-on conservation activities. The programme also includes visits to other world-famous painted interiors such as Hampton Court, the Banqueting House and St Paul's Cathedral and talks by experts in baroque art and wall painting.

Participants will have opportunities to investigate and discuss the international language of art and architecture – the themes and symbols used by European artists – and to compare artists and heritage sites from their own areas.

The majority of the workshop sessions will take place at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

Contact details

Please download the application form (doc, 137KB) or contact Maris Hakman – mhakman@ornc.org – for one. Applications close 01.12.12.


We are seeking applications from adult learners with a personal interest in art history and conservation. Priority will be given to participants who have not enjoyed the experience of international learning, those who have no formal qualifications in the subject, and those who would like to become more confident in accessing the visual heritage of their local art galleries and heritage sites. Priority will also be given to older applicants and to those from minority ethnic groups. Applications from Italy, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands are encouraged. There are 10 places available to UK residents, and workshop sessions are free of charge. However UK participants will be responsible for covering any additional expenditure such as travel, entry into other historic sites and meals.

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