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Emergency Art Conservation in Famagusta, Cyprus


PI: Associate Professor Michael Walsh, School of Art, Design and Media

Short Description:
Since 2012 NTU has been leading a team of experts in the emergency conservation and restoration of medieval wall paintings in the historic city of Famagusta, Cyprus. This is a multi-national and multi-disciplinary effort, requiring expertise in: art history, history, plaster conservation, analytical chemistry, laser scanning technology, 3d computer modeling, new media / visualization, GPR mapping, citizen science, seismological sciences, education, animation and documentary film making. Collaborating institutions include: University of Fribourg (Switzerland), University of Minho (Portugal), and University of Lincoln (UK), with individual expertise coming from Israel, New Zealand, the USA, and elsewhere. The project is led by Prof Michael Walsh of NTU's School of Art, Design and Media. Walsh has now edited, or co-edited, three books and numerous articles on this project and is currently hosting a further workshop on Cultural Heritage in Unrecognised States at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities in Bern, Switzerland. This short documentary film has also been made about his work: http://www.wmf.org/video/forty-saving-forgotten-frescos-famagusta

The project continues in 2015 with work on the frescoes in the Armenian Church of Famagusta with further funding from NTU, World Monuments Fund and the Famagusta Municipality.


Uncovering, and stabilizing, a 14th century depiction of St. Theodore


Laser Scan Section of 14th century Armenian Church, Famagusta


Medieval Plaster Stabilization


List of publications arising from this project:

Film:
http://www.wmf.org/video/forty-saving-forgotten-frescos-famagusta
http://www.wmf.org/video/forty-saving-forgotten-frescos-famagusta

Books:
Walsh, M, P. Edbury, N. Coureas, Medieval and Renaissance Famagusta: Studies in Art, Architecture and History (Ashgate, 2012)

Walsh, M, N. Coureas, and T. Kiss (eds.), Crusader to Venetian Famagusta: ‘The Harbour of all this Sea and Realm’ (Central European University Press, 2014)

Walsh, M. City of Empires: Ottoman and British Famagusta (Cambridge Scholars Publishers, forthcoming)

Articles:
Walsh, M. “A Spectacle to the World, Both to Angels and to Men”: Multiculturalism in Medieval Famagusta, Cyprus as seen through the The Forty Martyrs of Sebaste Mural, Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage (2013).

Norris, S, M. Walsh & T. Kaffenberger, ‘Visualising Famagusta: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George of the Greeks in Famagusta, Cyprus’, Archives and Manuscripts Journal (2014).

Walsh, M. & Z. G. Inanc, ‘Conservation, visualisation, education, reconciliation’ in J. Bridgland (ed), International Council of Museums (Paris, 2014)


Grant:
WMF and Famagusta Municipality


List of Collaborators:
Dr. Michael J K Walsh (NTU, School of Arts, Design and Media)
Dr. Gül İnanç (NTU)
Werner Schmid (Art Conservator - Italy)
Dan Frodsham (Exeter University, UK)
Dr Michele Bacci (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
Dr Francisco Fernandez (Minho University, Portugal)