Mr Xavi Aure Calvet

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Xavier Aure joins the Centre for Fine Print Research in November 2019 as a Research Fellow as part of Expanding Excellence in England investment from Research England.
Xavier completed his PhD in 2019 at the Centre for Fine Print Research on the topic of 2.5D and 3D technologies applied to the conservation and presentation of surface texture in paintings. Funded by the National Gallery via an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award his study addressed the gap between traditional analogue skills and knowledge in the newly emerging digital 2.5D and 3D technology field, exploring the potential for innovative and creative applications in the cultural heritage field.
He has since been involved in the digitisation of artworks for the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Guildhall Art Gallery, and the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, and collaborated with the Museum of Bristol to generate a 3D model for the BBC Civilisations AR app.
Xavier has worked in the cultural heritage industry for 15 years and holds a Fine Arts degree from the University of Barcelona and the Fine Arts Academy in Venice where he specialised in Conservation of Cultural Heritage. In 2009, he received a Masters in Conservation of Easel Paintings from Northumbria University in Newcastle. Since 2010 he has been working in the conservation of paintings and the restoration of historic interiors in the UK and abroad.
Xavier has been recently awarded an Immersion Collaboration Grant from the South West Creative Technology Network. This project focuses on the development of a prototype scanner to simultaneously capture reflectance and geometric surface information from cultural heritage objects to generate high quality 3D replicas. 


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