Institution: Courtauld Institute of Art, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation
Location: United Kingdom
Position: Lecturer in Buddhist Art and its Conservation
The Courtauld Institute of Art is the UK’s leading institution for teaching and research into the History of Art and the conservation of paintings and is also home to one of the finest small art museums in the world.
Established in 2012, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation at The Courtauld reflects the Ho Foundations interests in promoting education in the arts, and in encouraging cross-cultural understanding and the preservation of the Buddhist cultural heritage. The Centre builds on the research, conservation and teaching in Asia by The Courtaulds Conservation of Wall Painting Department, and also The Courtaulds expansion beyond the Western art tradition marked by the recent creation of two new teaching posts in Asian art history.
A major role of the Centre will be to provide an MA in Buddhist Art: History and Conservation annually from October 2013. Recognising the global significance of the vast cultural heritage of Buddhism, this innovative MA will, for the first time, combine the separate studies of Buddhism, Buddhist art and its
conservation. Taught by a wide range of specialists, the multidisciplinary course will advance understanding and scholarship of what objects mean, how they are made, used and deteriorate, and foster appreciation of their significance and need for preservation.
The Lecturer will take a lead role in the new MA, both by teaching the theory and methodologies of conservation relevant to Buddhist art in all media, and by facilitating the integration of the MA through coordinating the multidisciplinary strands, including teaching by external specialists. S/he will also participate in The Courtaulds research culture, and engage actively in coordinating the public events of the Centre, including conferences and lectures. S/he will contribute to the administration of the Centre, and to the development of its teaching and learning resources.
The Lecturer will have a PhD or DPhil in a relevant field either completed or nearing completion by October 2013. S/he will have knowledge of the conservation of Buddhist art, a record of excellent research in the field of conservation, and substantial experience in conservation teaching.
Contact: Professor David Park