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Conservators head west

Biennial conference of the International Institute for Conservation will be held in Los Angeles in 2016

The event will be held at the historic Biltmore Hotel from 12 to 16 September 2016

The International Institute for Conservation (IIC) will hold its 2016 conference in Los Angeles, the organisation’s president Sarah Staniforth announced on Tuesday, at its annual general meeting in London.

The institute has picked a hot topic as the theme for its biennial congress: conservation issues related to the use of modern materials. The vast number of new media available to artists presents an interesting challenge for conservators because some of these materials are unstable and treatments are often untested. Issues can also arise when conservators try to balance the desires of the artist with the needs of the work entrusted to their care.

Staniforth said that she expects a “big turnout” for the event, which will be held at the historic Biltmore Hotel from 12 to 16 September 2016. The conference is being organised in collaboration with the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (INCCA).

This year’s event will be held in Hong Kong from 22 to 26 September. For more information, visit:

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31 Jan 14
21:46 CET


I hope that the IIC will publish its findings and post them here. As a multi media artist, I would love to hear what the current findings are regarding the stability of modern materials. It would certainly impact artists and art communities, and thier suppliers. As an artist I rely on what various companies who produce our supplies, say about their products. Until now, practical information about these products are primarily shared within the artist communities. Much of the integrity of our work rests heavily on such information as we strive to give our very best. An objective view by proffesional conservatives would be a welcome insight, for better or worse, so that we might be able to better tailor our mediums and their use as needed to insure a better archival life in our work. I'm sure that many of the manufacturers of such products would also be interested to here about this as well.

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