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Jean Brown

Position
Senior Lecturer Conservation of Fine Art MA
Programme Leader Preventive Conservation MA

Qualifications
BA (Hons) History of Drawing and Printmaking, Camberwell College of Arts, The London Institute
BTEC HND Conservation of Works of Art on Paper, Camberwell College of Arts, The London Institute
PGCUTL Teacher Training Qualification, The University of Northumbria, Newcastle-upon-Tyne


Research Interests
In recent years my time has been very much focused on issues concerned with teaching and learning and in particular the development of the distance learning format of the Preventive Conservation MA. However throughout my career I have always maintained a strong interest in identifying and/or developing sustainable approaches to conservation practice. Whenever I am travelling I am always particularly interested in vernacular architecture and how the materials, structure and layout have been designed to manage the conditions presented by the local environment whether it be excessive heat, rainfall or seismic activity. In recent years the challenges of climate change have placed even greater emphasis on sustainability and the use of renewable energies and we would like to develop a closer partnership with the School of the Built Environment to identify new sustainable approaches to environmental management and conversely collections care.

I initially trained as a paper conservator and have always had a great interest in the different materials and techniques of paper making. My research is a combination of studying trends on the ground i.e. fibre selection and preparation alongside analysis of the papermaking fibres using instrumentation such as the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with EDX  and the Confocal Microscope. In recent years my focus has been on the papers from Vietnam, in particular those manufactured by the Ethnic Minorities in the Northern region bordering Southern China.

My other area of interest is the care of Contemporary Works of Art such as installations, performance, audio visual where the value /function of the piece is focused on an experience rather than a tangible artifact. As a result the approach to their care is very different to more traditional art forms such as paintings or sculpture. Through this work I am a member of the International Conservation of Contemporary Art Association (INCCA), which provides a forum within which to exchange interviews with contemporary artists as well debate approaches to the conservation of contemporary works of art.

Relationship between Research and Teaching
My interest in sustainability and the use of renewable energies is very central to the Preventive Conservation MA, which is focused on environmental management and collections care, whilst also contributing to aspects of the Conservation of Fine Art MA. Guy de Witte, a recent graduate from the programme became very interested in sustainability and focused his dissertation on sustainable approaches to the development of a new Belgium archive and is planning to continue his research through  a Professional Doctorate.

My interest in the various approaches to papermaking feeds directly into the Conservation of Fine Art MA in which students are encouraged to consider not just the different approaches to the manufacture of paper but also how those approaches have been shared and exchanged from one country to another and the impact that local resources have had on the evolution of the process and the selection of materials

My interest in the care of contemporary artworks feeds directly into the conservation programmes which we are constantly re-evaluating in order to ensure that graduates develop the skills relevant to current working practice. We are able to provide students with an authentic learning environment in the Arts & Social Sciences new art gallery Gallery North, which exhibits work by both students and staff as well as loans from other collections. Students can develop hands on experience of a wide range of activities such as: interviewing artists; hanging and taking down exhibitions, documenting the condition of artworks, packing, handling and transportation, environmental monitoring and management etc.
 
Teaching Responsibilities
Conservation of Fine Art MA
Preventive Conservation MA

Divisional, School & University Responsibilities
Co-Ordinator for Marketing & Admissions for Visual Arts
Member of SASS Health & Safety Committee
Member of the Programme Leaders and Directors Conference Committee

Publications & Conference Presentations
• A. Jean E. Brown, Teaching, Learning and Assessing Conservation on Line with Haptic Technology at Northumbria University, presentation and publication in peer reviewed postprints, ICOM-CC 15th Triennial Meeting, New Delhi, India, September 22-26, 2008- Funding gratefully acknowledged from the CETL
• A. Jean E. Brown, Inspiration from Teaching and learning in a Virtual World, presentation and publication on webpages, Northumbria Conference, September 2008
• A. Jean E. Brown & John Krill, Training & Education in Paper Conservation: An International Team, presentation and publication in peer reviewed postprints, Encore, 2008
• A. Jean E. Brown,Creating a Virtual Classroom for on line Delivery of the Preventive Conservation MA at Northumbria University, presentation and publication in peer reviewed postprints, ICOM-CC Interim Meeting of the Education & Training Group, Academy of Fine Art, Vienna, 2007
• A. Jean E. Brown, The development of Distance Learning Materials for Conservation, Getty Directors Retreat, Austin, Texas, May 2006
• A. Jean E. Brown, The development of the Preventive Conservation MA at Northumbria University, presentation and publication in peer reviewed postprints, National Bank of Greece, Athens, 2006
• A. Jean. E Brown, Approaches to the Conservation of Large Format Works of Art on Paper, presentation and publication in peer reviewed postprints, The Big Pictures Conference, UKIC, Tate, 2005.
• A. Jean E. Brown, The development of a Content Based Retrieval database for Watermarks, The Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art, New York, 2005
• A. Jean E. Brown & Anne Bacon, Approaches to Sharing & Exchanging best practice in the Conservation of Fine Art at Northumbria University, presentation and publication in peer reviewed postprints ICOM-CC Education & Working Group Interim meeting, Vantaa, 2004.
• A. Jean E. Brown, Chemicals in Paper Conservation at Northumbria University, presentation and publication in peer reviewed postprints , European Thematic Framework Meeting for Transitional Metals in Paper (MIP) Capellades, Spain, February 2004
• A. Jean E. Brown & Anne Bacon, Conservation Education and Training at Northumbria University, presentation and publication in peer reviewed postprints, ABRACOR meeting Rio, 2002.
• A. Jean E. Brown, Richard Mulholland, Vassil Vassiliev, Margaret Graham, Jon Riley & John Eakins, When images work faster than words - The Integration of Content-Based Image Retrieval with the Northumbria Watermark Archive, presentation and publication in peer reviewed postprints ICOM-CC 13th Triennial Meeting, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 2002.
• A. Jean E. Brown & Richard Mulholland, The Northumbria Watermark Archive - Recording Watermarks by Radiography and other means for the creation of a Digital Watermarks Database, presentation and publication in peer reviewed postprints, IIC 19th Triennial Congress - Baltimore 2002.
• A. Jean E. Brown, Anne Bacon & Colin Liddie, The Development of Characterisation Profiles and a Spectral Library for Pigments, Poster Presentation & publication, IIC 19th Triennial Congress - Baltimore 2002.
• A. Jean E. Brown, Richard Mulholland, Margaret E Graham & Jonathan Riley, Evaluating a Shape retrieval System for Watermarks, CHArt, November, 2001.
• A. Jean. E Brown, Richard Mulholland, Margaret E Graham & Jonathan Riley, Watermarks on the Web, Digital Resources for the Humanities, June 2001.
• A. Jean. E Brown, The Digital Imaging of Watermarks, MUTEC, Munich 2001.
• A. Jean. E Brown, Conservation Concerns with Large Format works of Art on Paper presentation and publication in peer reviewed postprints , UKIC, large Format Conference, London 2000.
• A. Jean. E Brown, A Consideration of the highly subjective topic of Image Re-integration, presentation and publication in peer reviewed postprints, IPC Conference on Toning, The Tate Gallery, June 2000.
• A. Jean. E Brown, The Preparation of a Disaster Plan, Post prints of ‘Photographs - Preserving a Moment in Time’, The United Kingdom Photographic Conservation Centre, Bath, 1999
• A. Jean. E Brown & Anne Bacon, Student Profiling, Graduate Profiling, Practitioner Profiling, Defining & Measuring Effectiveness in Education and Training, presentation and publication in peer reviewed postprints , Interim Meeting and Post prints of the ICOM-CC Working Group on Education & Training, Vantaa, Finland, 1998.
• A. Jean. E Brown, An Introduction to the Conservation of Works of Art on Paper, The World of Drawings & Watercolours Ltd., 1997.
• A. Jean. E Brown, John, Tony Bish, Christopher Clarkson, The Care of Islamic Collections. Publication of Proceedings from five day programme in collaboration with and Published by the Beit Al Qur’an & the British Council, Bahrain 1997
• A. Jean. E Brown, The Development of International Conservation Training Programmes,  presentation and publication in peer reviewed postprints , ERICE 96, Insituto Centrale per la Patologia dell Libro, 1996, (published 2000).
• A. Jean. E Brown, The History and Design of 1920's German Film Posters in the Collection of the Central Saint Martins School of Art, London, London, 1996
• A. Jean. E Brown, & Anne Bacon, A Qualified Community; towards Internationally agreed Standards of Qualification for Conservation presentation and publication in peer reviewed postprints, Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Working Group on Education & Training, Vantaa, Maastricht, 1995.
• A. Jean. E Brown, Basic Dyes used in Lithographic Inks, presentation and publication in peer reviewed postprints, IPC Conference, The Tate Gallery, 1995.
• A. Jean. E Brown, Conservation of Large Format Works of Art on Paper, The Society of Archivists Conference, University of Hertfordshire, 1995.

Conference Organisation

• 7th Meeting of the International Education & Training in Paper Conservation Group, CETL, Northumbria University,  April 2009
• 6th Meeting of the International Education & Training in Paper Conservation Group, Institute of Fine Art, Vienna,  March 2008
• 5th Meeting of the International Education & Training in Paper Conservation Group, Fachhochschule Köln, April 2007
• Alum Meeting, 3rd Triennial Conservation Conference at Northumbria at Northumbria, Northumbria University, September 2006.
• 4th Meeting of the International Education & Training in Paper Conservation Group, La Cambre Conservation School, Brussels, April 2006
• Final European Thematic Framework Meeting for Transitional Metals in Paper (MIP), Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, Jan 2006
• 3rd Meeting of the International Education & Training in Paper Conservation Group, Institute Collectie Netherlands (ICN), The Netherlands, April 2005
• 2nd Meeting of the International Education & Training in Paper Conservation Group, Sorbonne University, Paris, April 2004
• The Image Re-Integration Meeting, 2nd Triennial Conservation Conference at Northumbria, Northumbria University, 2003.
• Inaugural Meeting of the International Education & Training in Paper Conservation Group, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, April 2003
• Inaugural European Thematic Framework Meeting for Transitional Metals in Paper (MIP), Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, March 2003
• The Iron Gall Ink Meeting, 1st Triennial Conservation Conference at Northumbria, Northumbria University, 2000.

Awards
Eakins, J, Brown A.J.E. & Graham M., A Shape Retrieval System for Watermark Images 2000-2002, AHRB Research Grant £122,032.00
Brown A.J.E., Distance Learning Development Grant, 2005, Northumbria University £31,000

Future Projects
Collaboration with Environmental Management on Sustainability Conservation Projects
PhD research into Vietnamese Paper

Association with Professional Organisations
Accredited member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON)
Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation (IIC)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Co-Ordinator of the International Council of Museums (ICON cc) Working Group (WG) for Education and Training

Association with any other Academic Institutions
Associate of the Centre for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CETL)
Reviewer for the International Institute for Conservation (IIC)
Reviewer for the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
External Advisor, FdA Contemporary Curation, University of Cumbria

Career History
Programme Leader, Preventive Conservation MA
Senior Lecturer, Conservation of Fine Art MA
Head of Paper Conservation, The National Museum of Wales Cathays Park Cardiff
Paper Conservator, Western Pictorial Art, The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London            
 

 


 









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