CCI WORKSHOP: Mount-Making

Published February 5, 2020


CCI WORKSHOP PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ONTARIO MUSEUM ASSOCIATION: Mount-Making

Canadian Conservation Institute Workshop – Mount-Making
presented in partnership with the Ontario Museum Association

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
February 5-6, 2020

This Canadian Conservation Institute workshop is co-presented with the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

This workshop starts with a discussion on the criteria for constructing proper exhibit and storage mounts for museum objects. It covers strategies for counteracting gravity and reviews the notions of stress, strain, elasticity and compressibility. A variety of materials, tools and techniques available for mounting and supporting objects are discussed in terms of their suitability, practicality, advantages and limitations. Tools and techniques for measuring objects are presented. Means of ensuring the object’s safety in the workshop and during the mount-making stages are discussed. Analytical, conceptual and manual skills in mount design and production are presented, demonstrated and practised during at least half of the workshop. Each participant is expected to produce one to three mounts during the workshop, depending on experience and on the complexity of their project(s). The workshop ends with a round-table review of the mounts created during the workshop.