Mór Chuid Cloch - Stone Conservation Seminar
Date: Thursday 24th May 2012
Location: The Market House, Clones, Co. Monaghan.
Clones is a town renowned for its archaeological heritage, its High Cross, Round Tower, its collection of inscribed eighteenth century headstones and the stone sarcophagus of St.Tighernach. It is the perfect setting for the Stone Symposium, and for this programme of talks examining some of the issues surrounding the conservation of our stone monuments and buildings.
Six artists have been chosen to participate ina 6-day stone sculpture symposium from the 21st-26th May. It is hoped to engage the public with stone through the sculptors who will be producing a sculpture each inspired by local themes. The public will have a wonderful opportunity to witness their ongoing work in the town centre each day. The 6 sculptors taking part in this event are Alison Bole (Smithborough), Barry Wrafter (Ennis), Jason Ellis (Sligo), Marc Kelly (Emyvale), Martha Quinn (Sligo) and Stephen Burke (Dublin).
The programme of conservation talks will be held in the Market House on the 24th May, alongside an exhibition of stone sculpture by the participants in the Stone Symposium, and artefacts from the Monaghan County Museum collection. It will be of interest to Conservation and Heritage officers, archaeologists, architects and more broadly to those with an interest in heritage, history, art and the craft of the sculptor.
11.00 Introduction and welcome address
11.15 Stone types in buildings and monuments and the database of old stone quarries
Gerry Stanley, Geological Survey of Ireland
12.00 The Clones High Cross and other Northern examples
Dr. Peter Harbison, Royal Irish Academy
14.00 Plaster cast collections and the Irish High Cross casts
Jason Ellis, Sculptor and conservator
14.45 Stone conservation, what you can do and what you can’t
Jason Bolton, archaeologist
3.30 Seminar end
Admission to the seminar is by registration. Places are limited. Please register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to Sandra Murphy 047 38162.
This conservation seminar is supported by Monaghan County Council and the Heritage Council.