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Training needs for the Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art

Wednesday 24 March 2010 (Categories: Education and Training in Conservation)

Training needs for the Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art Joint Interim meeting of the Training and Education, and Modern Materials and Contemporary Art (MMCA) working groups of ICOM-CC Saturday June 12 and Sunday 13, 2010, at the Bonnefantenmuseum, Avenue Céramique 250, Maastricht (adjacent to the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg).

The primary aim of this two-day Interim meeting of the two ICOM-CC working groups is to consider and discuss how the existing conservation training programs are responding to the range of new knowledge and skills that are frequently required for the conservation of modern and contemporary works of art. It will build on the two-hour panel discussion “Rethinking education in contemporary art conservation” that will be held at the Contemporary Art: Who Cares? symposium (Amsterdam, June 9-11), although participation in that session will not be a necessity for the Interim meeting. For the purpose of this meeting, we are defining “modern and contemporary art” very loosely, from traditional art forms - such as paintings and works on paper - to conceptual and installation art; and with an approximate “cut-off date” of 1910, i.e. art from the last 100 years. The essential questions to be tackled will be: what steps are training programs already ! taking to incorporate modern / contemporary art? What other steps are planned? And what steps are still required by the profession? Much of this meeting will take the form of panel discussion, open debate and break-out sessions (instead of formal presentations).

The full program will be announced shortly, but we are confident of getting participation from many of the existing training programs, and contributions are already confirmed from Jean Brown, Pip Laurenson, Tom Learner, Christian Scheidemann, Jill Sterrett, and Sanneke Stigter.

Registration is now open for the meeting. The cost of the meeting will be € 75 (ICOM-CC members and students), and € 95 (all other participants), and will include coffee and lunches.

To register, please contact René Hoppenbrouwers ( The main form of payment will be via bank transfer to the following bank account: Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg, Maastricht (mention: “Interim meeting ICOM-CC”) IBAN: NL41 FTSB 0637 8407 71 BIC: FTSBNL2R Fortis Bank: Parallelweg 2 a, 6411 ND Heerlen, Nederland For non-EU participants, we will accept cash payment on the door Details of suggested hotels and other travel information will be sent after registration.

Jean Brown and Tom Learner Coordinators for the Training and Education, and MMCA working groups of ICOM-CC respectively.

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