Past forward, from paint to finishes

Specialists in the field of historic Architectural Finishes Research (AFR) will gather from around the world from 29 May to 1 June for the eighth international AFR conference. This four-day international event will take place in Amsterdam as well as online. It will be a platform to exchange ideas and new developments in the interpretation, preservation, documentation and management of historical architectural finishes (from paint to other colourful materials). This conference promises to be ideal for nurturing a more professional and cohesive global Architectural Paint and Finishes Research community. Registration is possible at

The organizing partners hope to provide the perspective of the Low Countries on research of historical finishes in built heritage. Based on various themes, the similarities and differences between Low Countries AFR practice and the rest of the world will be explored. Topics to be considered include: do we speak the same AFR language concerning the topics of this conference? What can we learn from our differences, and can we find commonality to work on standardizing the practice of AFR into a more organized profession?

Historic finishes researchers from around the world will present their research findings and exchange ideas on a variety of subjects. Themes are the usage of standards, innovative techniques and skills, health and climate awareness, lessons learned from past projects, trans-cultural influences, and the specific perspective of the Low Countries in relation to AFR. Furthermore, the conference features keynote speeches by Prof. dr. Claudine Houbart (ULiège) and Prof. dr. Katrien Keune (UvA Faculty of Science, Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences). A wide variety of on-site visits will take participants to several AFR projects conducted in the Netherlands.

Organizing partners
The organizing partners invite everyone invested in the preservation and study of historic architectural finishes to take part in this international event, share the latest research, learn from each other, and help build a strong, global AFR community.

The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands organizes this conference in close collaboration with Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium/Institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique (KIK/IRPA), SRAL -The Conservation Institute, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and University of Amsterdam. Associate partners are: E-RIHS, Do Co Mo MO, Stichting Hendrick de Keyser, AFR2017 New York.

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