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2023 Conservation Conferences and Congresses

As we roll into 2023, we've put together a robust list of the most notable conservation events taking place this year around the world. Which conferences will you be adding to your diary?

BAPCR Conference ‘Hand in Hand: Collaboration in Art and Conservation.’

When & where: Friday 16th June 2023, National Maritime Museum, London, and online

The British Association of Paintings Conservator Restorers has announced its 2023 Conference of which they have called for papers this week. Abstracts on all subjects related to collaboration in paintings conservation: from conservators working with others, to projects focused on collaboratively-produced artworks. Proposed papers might address practical treatments, technical investigations, or ethical questions – or a combination. Abstracts on multidisciplinary conservation projects are welcomed, provided one component is paintings-related. It is envisaged that a series of 15 minute talks will supplement longer 25 minute papers, to provide opportunities to present short case studies of treatments for example.

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ICOM-CC Triennial Conference

When & where: 18th-22nd September 2023, Valencia

Topics included within the Triennial Conference include:

• practical restoration/conservation of movable and unmovable cultural heritage

• research of cultural heritage, it’s role and impact to the restoration processes and results

• interdisciplinary cooperation• evaluation, selection and justification of restoration materials and methods

• digital technologies as an assistant in restoration

• problems and solutions in the education of restorers

• preservation and restoration of contemporary art

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ICCHMACR 2023: 17. International Conference on Cultural Heritage Management, Art Conservation and Restoration

When & where: August 17-18, 2023 in London, United Kingdom The International Conference on Cultural Heritage Management, Art Conservation and Restoration aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Cultural Heritage Management, Art Conservation and Restoration. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Cultural Heritage Management, Art Conservation and Restoration.

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AIC Annual Meeting “Conservation in the Age of Environmental, Social, and Economic Climate Change”

When & where: May 16-20, Jacksonville, Florida. Rising global temperatures, international conflicts, political shifts that threaten to erase hard won rights, and a fragile and unbalanced economy. These are some of the issues the field of conservation and heritage, and we as individuals are facing right now, and they may seem overwhelming, but as the activist and historian Rebecca Solnit said, “Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act.” There are no single right answers, and instead gives us space to experiment, to try, to perhaps stumble or fail, and to succeed. The hope is that by sharing ideas and approaches and possible solutions to these problems at AIC’s 51st Annual Meeting, attendees will be energized and inspired to continue our efforts on behalf of humanity.

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XV. IADA Congress 2023

When & where: 16th — 20th October 2023

Details are yet to be released for this years IADA Congress, stay tuned!

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48th Annual CAC Conference and Workshops

When & where: May 31 – June 2, 2023, Coast Victoria Marina and Hotel, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The theme for the conference is “re-set and re-connect” something that we as a conservation community all need right now. Based between the tranquil waters of the Salish Sea and the coastal rainforests of Vancouver Island to explore some of Victoria’s local history with guided tours. Stay tuned for more information about workshops, talks, and tours.

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North American Textile Conservation Conference

When & where: 22 - 26 Oct 2023

The 14th biennial North American Textile Conservation Conference for ‘Considering Costume’ will be held in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, at Colonial Williamsburg. Considered the oldest and largest living history museum, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has a long tradition of studying and collecting historic textiles, costumes and accessories to inform and create a more authentic costumed living history.

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TECHNART 2023 Lisbon

When & where: 7-12 May, Lisbon

The aim of this congress is to provide a scientific forum to present and promote the use of analytical techniques in the field of art and cultural heritage on a worldwide scale to stimulate contacts and exchange experiences, making a bridge between science and art. The conference builds on the momentum of the previous TECHNART editions of Lisbon, Athens, Berlin, Amsterdam, Catania, Bilbao and Bruges, offering an outstanding and unique opportunity for exchanging knowledge on leading edge developments. Cultural heritage studies are interpreted in a broad sense, including pigments, stones, metals, glass, ceramics, chemometrics on artwork studies, resins, fibers, forensic applications in art, history, archaeology and conservation science.

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