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Paintings Working Group Triennial Programme 2020-2023

Paintings Working Group Triennial Programme 2020-2023

Specific themes for investigation/research

The Paintings Working Group is interested in exploring the following themes as a series. Within every theme there will be a sub-focused topic where the Working Group will design online activities with the aim of increasing global networking, disseminating knowledge, discussing sustainability and supporting emerging conservators.

Virtual Courier Oversight

This programme will help conservators share their experience in the practical business of doing virtual oversight and undertaking online courier trips. The main focus will be discussions around a larger issue of how permanent this “new way” of doing business is for loans post-COVID-19.

Sustainability Series

This very timely theme will provide the possibility to share tips on sustainable conservation materials and methods within a studio setting, or have larger discussions on climate change and managing collections, as well as packaging in transit for paintings on loan. The focus of this series will very much depend on the contributions from members.

Research ‘Work in Progress’ Series

This theme aims to share on-going research and/or treatment projects. This programme will be designed to create a forum for conservators to exchange ideas and expand their networks. Submissions will be matched based on similar themes/time periods; expanding from Old Masters’ to modern and contemporary art.

Adhesives and Consolidants

The aim of this programme will be to share up-to-date research and experience with the use of different types of adhesives. Focus will be on their properties and possible components, the methods of safe and successful application, and advice on making the right choice based on case studies. Short talks will be presented and a discussion panel between the speakers and the attending members will be suggested in closing the session.


Organisation and Planning

  • All planned activities will be held virtually.
  • Bite-size short sessions, extending no more than one and a half hours.
  • Repeat programmes twice by shifting time zones, considering our global audience.
  • No recording: to encourage joining live events and stimulate informal discussions.
  • Interim Meetings will not be published. 


  • Maximise the potential of ICOM-CC website by using it our main platform for communication with members and updating it regularly with relevant news.
  • Create and maintain a Facebook Page.

Engage Emerging Professionals

  • Inspire emerging conservators to contribute by organising Interim Meetings with the sub-focus on emerging professionals.
  • Increase opportunities to present at meetings.
  • Give emerging professionals the chance to harness the knowledge passed on from previous generations of conservators.
  • Share information on job postings and available funding opportunities via Facebook.

Increase Group Diversity and Global Participation

  • Encourage participation from underrepresented countries across the globe by approaching members directly and inviting them to speak at our programmes.
  • Maximise the potential of online platforms; ICOM-CC website and the Facebook Page.
  • Create a less formal environment for discussions to encourage participation.

ICOM-CC Publications Online Platform Project

The Working Group will assist with gathering information for the Online Publications Platform Project which aims to provide access to the Working Groups past publications online, as well as any further work required to place publications generated in this triennium.


ICOM-CC acknowledges and highly values the contributions and additional efforts required by the Working Group Coordinators towards converting the Beijing 19th Triennial Conference to a fully virtual event. Additional workloads are being carried by Coordinators from both the past and current triennia to ensure a vibrant and exciting conference.