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[January 2018] Conservation of Contemporary Slide-Based Art: Back to the Future! Im Karussell der Diakonservierung

Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany.
Workshop language: German.

Confronted by the near extinction of industrial analogue slide technology, the Hamburger Kunsthalle conservation department is now finishing a research and conservation project that specifically covers the preservation of all ten slide-based works of art in the collection, with a total of about 1700 slides. The project started in 2015 and is funded by the Schoofsche Stiftung with additional support of the Wuestenrot Stiftung. It was established based on knowledge in this field at the Time Based Media Conservation Department at Tate. The main focus of the workshop is to assess current possibilities in regard to the conservation, preservation and display strategies that honor the needs of these very delicate works of art and to foster collaboration between the disciplines, inside and outside the museum. The two day workshop will offer lectures in the morning and hands-on sessions in the afternoon with speakers from Tate, Nederlands Fotomuseum, SFMOMA, Zero Foundation, Humboldt University of Berlin and Activity Studios besides technicians and conservators from the Hamburger Kunsthalle. Time is reserved for discussions and for bringing in case studies. The workshop takes place within the galleries, where a temporary install of works of art with slides from the collection can be visited. An evening talk with two international artists and the Head of Collection of Contemporary Art takes place on Thursday evening. Except for the evening talk, which will be held in English and is open to the general public, the workshop language is German.

For more information on the workshop program and admission fees, please visit our website. Early registration deadline: 30 November 2017. Preliminary program online: 25 October 2017. Email:

[June 2018] Getting Started: a Shared Responsibility Caring for Time-Based Media Artworks in Collections
Monday, June 11 – Friday, June 15, 2018 at the Museum of Modern Art, NY.
Does your institution have a collection of time-based media artworks in need of a long-term preservation plan? Are you uncertain where to get started? This five-day hands-on workshop will provide an in-depth overview of the processes and workflows which can be implemented at collections without dedicated time-based media conservators. Participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to design and execute action plans at their institutions. Caring for time-based media art collections is widely acknowledged as a pan-institutional endeavor requiring direct involvement from curatorial, conservation, audio visual, IT, registration and collection care staff. This collaboration will be reflected throughout the curriculum as well as in the workshop application itself which requires a pair of colleagues from each applying institution. This workshop specifically requires that a curator and collection care specialist apply together as these positions have the expertise and authority to advocate for proper collection stewardship. The curriculum will cover activities pertaining to acquiring, exhibiting, installing, documenting, and advocating for media artworks.

Requirements for Application: This workshop is open to pairs of applicants: one curator and one conservator/collection care staff member (conservator, audio visual technician, collection specialist or manager, etc.) directly responsible for the care of the time-based media art collection. Priority will be given to institutions who are actively acquiring, with mid-sized media artwork collections that have significant needs, and require in-house staff training. Participants are expected to attend the full week-long program.

Travel and lodging expenses may be reimbursed, based on need. Please submit a basic budget of anticipated costs as part of the application. There is no fee for this workshop; English will be the language of instruction. Applications should be submitted to no later than January 16, 2018 with notifications expected by early to mid March. For more information:


[April 2018] Renovated, rebuilt, saved – how they survived WWII. Conservation, preservation and prevention of items from the years 1939-1945. The Warsaw Rising Museum, Warsaw, Poland.

Languages of the conference: Polish, English. Registration and abstract submission is now open.
Join us at a conference at the Warsaw Rising Museum on 12-13 April 2018, in Warsaw, Poland, exploring the challenges of the conservation and preservation of items from WWII. Preserving items from WWII is often a challenging and demanding task for conservators and curators. Conservation and preservation of such items requires modern technologies but at the same time retaining some historical damages as witnesses of the past. We encourage you to send proposals regarding, but not limited to, the following topics: -research issues concerning the technology of manufacturing historical items from WWII -case studies of challenging conservation treatments of WWII items -challenges of preserving and exhibiting wartime items -reception of the conservation treatment of wartime items by the museum visitors -modern analytical techniques in examining the items from WWII.

The deadline for submitting the abstracts is 20 December 2017. Authors will be notified of the selection results by 31 January 2018. For any queries, please contact us at:

[June 2018] Trading Paintings and Painters’ Materials 1550-1800
CATS Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark on 21-22 June 2018
Deadline for abstracts: February 1, 2018.

This call for papers and posters is for a two-day technical art history conference to be held by CATS in Copenhagen on 21 – 22 June 2018. The venue will be the National Museum of Denmark. The focus of the conference will be on the emerging international markets and their implications for the artistic production in Early Modern Europe (1550-1800), in particular in relation to the trade in paintings and painters’ materials. The conference will be held in English. The oral conference presentations will be considered for the peer-reviewed CATS Proceedings (online and hard copy) to be published in collaboration with Archetype Publications Ltd. in spring 2019. We welcome contributions from a diverse range of fields, including technical art history, art history, conservation and science. Themes for presentations may address:

  • Preferences for painters’ materials and paintings in/from specific geographical areas (quality differences, availability, economic considerations, demand from patrons and traditions)
  • Impacts of imported paintings and painting materials on local producers, artists, connoisseurs and art theorists (competition, usage and reception)
  • Conditions in which these products (materials and paintings) were produced and traded (workshop practice, trade routes and dealer networks)

Please submit a preliminary title, short abstract (max 500 words) and a short biography (max 100 words) for oral and/or poster presentations. Please send your contribution to for consideration by the Scientific Committee. For any enquiries please contact the CATS research coordinator Sanne

Past Events:

November 2015

Conference: APT Conference

11/1/2015 – 11/5/2015

The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT), is a cross-disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings. Membership in APT provides exceptional opportunities for networking and the exchange of ideas. APT will b e held in Kansas City 2015 – Nov. 1 – 5. The theme for this year’s Conference is: Convergence of People and Places—Diverse Technologies and Practices. Becas disponibles para asistir a la conferencia.

Taller: VI Taller de Archivística, Historia y Patrimonio Documental


El Archivo Histórico Provincial de Camagüey (AHPC) convoca al VI Taller de Archivística, Historia y Patrimonio Documental que se efectuará el 3 de noviembre en esta ciudad, en homenaje al Día del Archivero Cubano y la creación del Archivo Histórico Provincial de Camagüey. Archivo Nacional de la República de Cuba.

Curso: Curso Internacional de Conservación de Papel en América Latina

11/04/2015 – 11/20/2015

Un encuentro con Oriente. Organizado por CNCPC-INAH (México), National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (Tokio, Japón), ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property). Fecha: 4 al 20 de noviembre 2015. Lugar: México D.F., México.


Symposium: Eastern Analytical Symposium and Exposition

11/16/2015 – 11/18/2015

Join us at the 54th Eastern Analytical Symposium and Exposition will be held November 16-18, 2015 at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ.

Congreso: Material en Movimiento

11/16/2015 – 11/20/2015

10º Congreso de Conservación de Textiles de América del Norte. 16–20 de noviembre de 2015. Nueva York, Nueva York.

Conference: The Lunder Conservation Center and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, present: Conservation and Exhibition Planning: Material Testing for Design, Display, and Packing

11/19/2015 – 11/20/2015

A two-day conference: November 19 & 20, 2015. Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and G Streets, NW, Washington, DC.

Call for papers: Próximo encuentro del Grupo de Trabajo de Escultura, Policromía y Decoraciones Arquitectónicas del ICOM-CC. 19 y 20 de noviembre 2015 en Madrid, España.

11/19/2015 – 11/20/2015

Sedes del Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España (IPCE) y el Museo de América. Tema: esta conferencia se centrará en la parte más expresiva y delicada de la policromía escultórica: la representación realista de la superficie (piel) del cuerpo humano, las llamadas encarnaciones (Inglés: carnation o flesh painting). Su principal foco de atención será la escultura en madera policromada de Europa y América Latina producida entre los siglos XI y XVIII. Abstracts submitted after the deadline on 15 May 2015 will not be considered.

Simpósio: Simpósio de História da Arte – O Retábulo no espaço Iberoamericano: Forma, função e iconografia.

11/26/2015 – 11/27/2015

Terá lugar na Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas. O Instituto de História da Arte da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa.


February 2016

Conference: CAA 104th Annual Conference

2/3/2016 – 2/6/2016

The College Art Association (CAA) 104th Annual Conference, will take place in February 3–6, 2016, in Washington, DC.

March 2016

Course: Conservation of Built Heritage

3/4/2016 – 4/29/2016

4 March – 29 April 2016. Rome, Italy. Application deadline: 28 August 2015.

Workshop and Symposium: Collaborative Workshop in Photograph Conservation

3/14/2016 – 3/18/2016

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, in collaboration with the Center for Creative Photography, is pleased to announce its next Collaborative Workshop in Photograph Conservation focused on plastics associated with photographic materials. This workshop will include a two-day symposium (March 16 – 17, 2016) that features opening lectures by invited session chairs, as well as 20-minute submitted presentations that will address the many different historic and contemporary uses of plastics associated with photographic materials and their long-term preservation challenges.  It will be of interest to conservators, curators, collection managers, photo historians and archivists.

May 2016

Congreso: Congreso Euro – Americano REHABEND 2016

En Mayo de 2016 se celebra en Burgos (España) el Congreso Euro – Americano REHABEND 2016 sobre “Patología de la Construcción, Tecnología de la Rehabilitación y Gestión del Patrimonio” organizado por diez entidades de 7 países Europeos y Americanos, y dirigido por la Universidad de Cantabria, a través de su el Grupo de Tecnología de la Edificación (GTED-UC), y la Universidad de Burgos.

Conference: 3rd International Conference on Defence Sites: Heritage and Future

5/4/2016 – 5/6/2016

The 3rd International Conference on Defence Sites: Heritage and Future will be reconvened in 2016 in Alicante following the success of the previous meetings held in Portsmouth, UK in 2012 and the Arsenale di Venezia, Italy in 2014. The conference series launched by the Wessex Institute is co-organised on this occasion by the University of Alicante, Spain. 4 – 6 May 2016. Alicante, Spain.

Conference: 1st International Conference on Islamic Heritage Architecture and Art

5/17/2016 – 5/19/2016

The Conference aims to highlight the importance of Islamic Heritage Architecture and Art to the world and its influence across different regions. The Meeting will deal with the design of many types of buildings in Islamic countries, including not only the better known public buildings such as mosques, mausolea, citadels and forts, but also houses and gardens, engineering works such as bridges and dams, irrigation systems and many others which have also had a profound impact on society. Islamic Architecture has enriched design with a wide variety of structural shapes, including among others, unique arches, a wide variety of vaults and domes, which allow for new forms to be developed. The influence that these structural forms have in non-Islamic countries will be one of the themes of the Conference. 17–19 May 2016. Valéncia, Spain.

Conference: 7th International Conference on Sustainable Tourism

5/18/2016 – 5/20/2016

Sustainable Tourism 2016 is the seventh meeting organised in this successful series. The first was held in Segovia (2004), followed by Bologna (2006), Malta (2008), the New Forest, home of the Wessex Institute (2010), A Coruña (2012) and Opatija, Croatia in 2014. Today tourism is an important component of development, not only in economic terms but also for knowledge and human welfare. Tourism has long since ceased to be something just for the privileged few and today is an activity accessible to a growing number of people. The phenomenon has many more advantages than disadvantages. 18 – 20 May 2016. Valéncia, Spain.

Course: Wood Conservation Technology

5/19/2016 – 6/30/2016

The 17th International Course on Wood Conservation Technology (ICWCT 2016) – A course on the conservation of cultural heritage made of wood. Dates: 19 May – 30 June 2016. Place: Oslo, Norway (premises of Riksantikvaren). Organized by: ICCROM, Riksantikvaren – The Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Norway, and NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. Applications should reach ICCROM by 30 September 2015 to ensure inclusion in our selection process.

September 2016

Meeting: ICOM-CC Photographic Materials Working Group Triennial Meeting 2016

9/21/2016 – 9/24/2016

First Announcement: The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the Photographic Materials Working Group of ICOM-CC are pleased to announce plans for the 2016 PMWG triennial meeting. The Rijksmuseum will host the event, scheduled for 21-24 September 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This meeting is an important gathering of photograph conservators and historians from all over the world. Past meetings have been held in Wellington, Athens, Rochester, and Paris, among other locations. The 2016 meeting will be comprised of two days of workshops and tours followed by two days of lectures and a poster display. The subjects of the workshops, the tour locations and the call for papers will be announced in October 2015.