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2019: GILDING THE BUILDING – LONDON

Venue: St Pancras Old Church, Camden Town, London

Deadline to apply: 31/05/2019

Dates: This workshop will run for five days from Monday 29th July until Friday 2nd August 2019.

Workshop Information

This workshop will see students gild the ornamental features of the front gates to St Pancras Old Church. St Pancras Old Church in London is one of Europe’s oldest sites of Christian worship, dating back to the 4th Century. The church is as well known for its surrounding churchyard which includes, among other iconic monuments, the tomb of Sir John Soane (one of England’s greatest architects) as well as the intriguing and haunting Hardy Tree. Specifically, students will help to clean the substrate of the wrought iron gates in preparation for gilding. An enamel primer coat is then applied which ultimately aids in the reflection of the gold. Once prepared, the surface is then gilded whereby gold leaf is adhered using an oil mordant, resulting in a beautiful solid gold look. This workshop will provide an opportunity for students not only to gain a working knowledge of the ancient craft of gilding, but also to leave their mark on one of London’s most ancient and iconic landmarks. The workshop will be run by The Creative Dimension Trust Tutor and Master Gilder Rian Kanduth who has over thirty years’ practice and experience in the field of conservation, with a special expertise in all aspects of gilding.

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