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Cultural Heritage Preservation

The "Save Georgian Cultural Heritage" programme, started in 1996, is conducted by the Georgian Arts and Culture Center in conjunction with a number of other institutions such as governmental institutions, and international conservation agencies to provide diagnostic studies, coordination of conservation and restoration works, and increased cooperation between international and Georgian restorers to improve restoration techniques.

The Programme covers mainly two fiealds:
A. Preseravtion of Medievel Monuments - The priorities of this program include the study of the present conditions of the medieval monuments and frescos and the definition and implementation of appropriate conservation treatment. The main focus has been on microbiological damage and the environmental or other conditions for its cause. At the same time we support the inclusion of young Georgian specialists into the projects with the view of gaining the experience. This programme also works to promote the medieval monuments and murals to both local and international audience. The program aims to support sustainable development in the regions by empowering local communities to assist in the maintenance of the monuments, fundraising and development of cultural tourism.

In 2006, the Georgian Arts & Culture Center and Conservazione Beni Culturali, Rome (Italy) had been awarded European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra medal in the category of Architectural Heritage for the project of the Timotesubani Church of the Virgin.

B. Support to Georgian Museums - The priorities of GACC's effort to support Georgian museums include the promotion of the less known Georgian national treasures from Georgian museums, local institutions and privet collections; drawing public attention to the challenges museums face; the development and marketing of commercially viable product lines based on the creative inspirations of Georgian Cultural heritage; and support for the economic sustainability of the museums.

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Ongoing Projects
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Download the E-publication "Multidisciplinary study and  restoration-rehabilitation plan for the Ekaterine’s palace at Dadiani Palaces History and Architectural Museum" representing the results of the project Elaboration of Architectural Plan for the Rehabilitation of Ekaterine's Palace at Dadiani Palaces Historical and Architectural Museum. funded by the US Embassy in Georgia  in 2014-2015

2016 - "Rehabilitation of the drainage system of Tbilisi State Silk Museum" funded by the.Prince Claus Emergency Response Progarmme

2013-2016 - Architectural Rehabilitation of the Church of the Virgin (12th-18th) in Gelaty Monastery. Funded by the US Ambassadors Large Grants Programme, National Agency for Cultural heritage Preservation of Georgia

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Preservation of Monuments
Past Projects
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2014-2015 "Get in Culture - Georgian Polish Cooperation" funded by the "Region in Transition" - RITA; Program of the Polish-American Freedon Foundation
conducted by the Education for Democracy Foundatio. The project leading partner is "Bridge to Georgia", partners: Katowice Regional Center of Volunteers; Georgian partners: Georgian Arts and Culture Center; Youth Association Droni
2014-2015 Diagnostic study and Conservation of the Mural Painting of the Dome of the Church of the Virgin at Gelati monastery” funded by the US Embassy in Georgia
2014-2015
- Elaboration of Architectural Plan for the Rehabilitation of Ekaterine's Palace at Dadiani Palaces Historical and Architectural Museum. funded by the US Embassy in Georgia
2013 - Elaboration of Conservation Plan for Telavi Batonis Tsikhe (“The Master's Fortress”) complex.
Contractor: National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia; Donor: WB/Municipality Development Fund
2012-2013 - Conservation of the Frescos of St Marine Chapel at the Church of the Virgin in Gelati Monastery"
financed by the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, the Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation.
2011 - Emergency stabilization of the Ikvi Church of St.George. “Cultural Emergency Response” programme of the Prince Claus Fund
2009 - Eemergency stabilisation of the Ephiscopal Palace of Nikozi monsatery complex; “Cultural Emergency Response” programme of the Prince Claus Fund
2006-2008 - Restoration of the frescos of Martvili Church. The Getty Grant Program, Ministry of Culture, Monuments protection and Sports of Georgia
2006-2007 - Rehabilitation of the architectural structure of the Martvili Church. The Foundation for the Rescue and Preservation of Historical monuments of Georgia
2003-2004 - Diagnostic study and determination of restoration needs of Martvili Church.
The Getty Grant Program
2004-2006 - Emergency treatment and conservation of the frescoes of Timotesubani Church of the Virgin.World Monuments Fund ®/The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, The Foundation for the Rescue and Preservation of Historical monuments of Georgia, World Monuments Fund ®/ Robert Wilson Challenge, Georgian Ministry of Culture, Monuments Protection and Sports
2003-2004 - Diagnostic study and determination of restoration needs of the North & South Chapels of Gelati MonasterU.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, the Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation
2002-2003 - Rehabilitation of architectural structure Timotesubani Church of the Virgin.
World Monuments Fund ®/The Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
2000-2001 - Diagnostic study and determination of restoration needs Timotesubani Church of the Virgin. World Monuments Fund ®/The Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
1998-2000 - Rehabilitation of the architectural structure of the Kintsvisi Church of St.Nicholas. Implemented in cooperation with: the GACC, Fund for Preservation of the Cultural Heritage of Georgia & Conservatione Beni Culturali. Funded by: OSGF, the Fund for Preservation of the Cultural Heritage of Georgia, the World Bank/ Italian Trust Fund.
1996-1998 - Diagnostic study and determination of restoration needs of the Kintsvisi Church of St.Nicholas. Implemented in cooperation with: Conservatione Beni Culturali.(Rome,Italy) and the GACC. Funded by: OSGF, the World Bank/ Italian Trust Fund.

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Support to Georgian Museums
Past Projects
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23.04.2002-25.05.2002 - “Au Naturell” In the exposition were presented exhibits from the Botanic and Zoology departments of the State Museum of Georgia; flower collection from “Phitodesign Ltd., plants from the Cactus Lovers Club collection, paintings by Merab Abramishvili and sculpture by Gia Japaridze.

05.05.2000-10.06.2000 - Exhibition of Musical Instruments On display exhibits from: The Museum of Musical Instruments; The V. Sarajishvili State Conservatory; The Z. Paliashvili Opera and Ballet Theatre of Tbilisi; The State Art Museum; The First, Second and Third Musical schools; Collections of contemporary artists

April 2009 - March 2010 - Development of Cultural Industries in the Armenian and georgia through the introduction of UK experience; British Council's CVreative Collaboration Project

May 26-27, 2005 - Development of Cultural Industries; the Case of Museum Sources and Traditional Crafts; The Roundtable Meeting; UNESCO Moscow Office for Armenia , Azerbaijan , Belarus , Georgia , the Republic of Moldova , and the Russian Federation in collaboration with the Arts and Culture Network Program, Open Society Institute Budapest

27.10.1998-16.10.1998 - “Dolls’ Exhibition” On display: Collection of the Tbilisi Museum of Toys; Ethnographical dolls from the collection of Georgian State Museum; Exhibits from the Theater of Dolls; Private collections and modern hand-made dolls.

 

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Goals and Objectives
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• To preserve Georgian cultural heritage.
• To coordinate the activities of the cultural heritage initiative on national and international levels.
• To carry out diagnostic studies, research, and conservation activities for Georgian historical monuments.
• To encourage the use of international conservation practice in Georgia through the development of exchanges between Georgian and international restorers.
• To support the strengthening of the management and financial structures of Georgian cultural institutions.
• To engage in fundraising for the preservation and conservation of Georgian historical art.

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