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Convened towards the end of The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht on 24-27 March 2019, the symposium 'Bridging the Gap. Theory and Practice in the Conservation of Contemporary Art' aims to strengthen the exchange between theory and practice in the conservation of contemporary art by exploring promising practices (and failures) and by critically questioning its conditions and drawbacks.


The symposium is a collaboration between the EU funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art (NACCA), the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH) and the Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht. Next to the presentation of the 15 NACCA PhD projects, it will host several keynote lectures, panels and round tables.

For the panels, papers addressing one of the following themes are welcomed:

  • Theoretical attempts to rethink the artwork and artist intent and their implications for conservation ethics and decision-making
  • New materials and materialities
  • New modes of production, new modes of collecting
  • New approaches to documentation and archiving
  • Challenging professional and institutional roles and responsibilites; expanded networks: collaborations and controversies
  • Art, law and the market

Deadline Call for Papers: November 10, 2018.