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Murals, Stone, and Rock Art Working Group Triennial Programme 2020 – 2023

Murals, Stone, and Rock Art Working Group Triennial Programme 2020 – 2023

Name of Working Group: Murals, Stone, Rock Art
Coordinator: Terry Little

Specific themes

  • Challenges and opportunities created by the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change
    The world is facing the unprecedented crisis of a global health pandemic, COVID-19. Apart from the devastating consequences on people’s health and lives, lockdowns have resulted in the closure of schools, businesses and cultural attractions. Travel, and therefore tourism, will feel the impacts for years to come. Reduced resources available to heritage institutions and will put stress on local communities. At the same time, there is an opportunity to demonstrate the power of cultural heritage – murals, stone and rock art – in facing the future. The upheaval is forcing us to think creatively and collectively to meet completely new challenges. 
  • Increasing public understanding and appreciation of the conservation of murals, stone and rock art
    One of the pillars of conservation and management of heritage is public engagements. How are we doing this? What are the challenges?
  • Discussion regarding of profiles for mural, stone and rock art conservation professionals
    The typical image of a conservator is someone is a white lab coat perched over a microscope. The reality is quite different when dealing with murals, stone and rock art. What distinguishes us and where are the gaps in preparations of professionals in these fields?
  • Enabling and achieving sustainable development through mural, stone and rock art heritage
    There is a lot of discussion on building better from the wreckage of the pandemic have seen the importance of creating new ways to access and valorize culture. We are also forced to consider a deeper understanding of what sustainability means and to explore the negative and positive impacts of tourism.


  • Increase collaboration between Working Groups as per Objective 1 of the ICOM-CC Strategic Plan
  • Increase public outreach through media e.g. Facebook as per Objective 2d of the ICOM-CC Strategic Plan
  • Increase opportunities for Working Group members to share experiences through Interim Meetings and publications.
  • Interim joint meeting with the ICOM-CC Archaeological Materials and Sites Working Group
    • Theme to be defined
    • Virtual in 2022
  • Interim joint meeting with the ICOM-CC Sculpture, Polychromy and Architectural Decoration Working Group
    • From murals and rock art to architectural decoration
    • Virtual in 2022
  • Define capacity of the Working Group membership by collecting information, to the extent legally possible, qualifications, fields of research, and specific expertise
  • Assist with gathering information for the Online Publications Platform related to the Working Groups past publications, as well as any further work required to place publications generated in this Triennial online, as needed

Newsletters and reports

  • Annual newsletter
  • March 2021
  • March 2022
  • March 2023
  • Annual Report
  • December 2021
  • December 2022
  • Triennial Report
  • May 2023

Proposed Assistant Coordinators – Specific tasks to be defined by January 2021 but in general, the ACOs will assist with preparation of newsletters and public outreach (e.g. social media), reaching out to young professionals in their institutes and through the projects in which they are involved, planning, organization and follow-up of the proposed interim meetings, contributing with their personal expertise and networks to address issues which may arise and, of course, review of papers submitted for the 2023 Triennial Meeting and Preprints. 

Murals, Stone, and Rock Art