Conference 2020

Getting started in Contemporary Art Conservation

Icon Contemporary Art Network with the Emerging Professionals Network

The Icon Contemporary Art Network conference was an online offering of three morning sessions: 18 to 20 November 2020.

The sessions reflected a range of topics and themes that aim to create discussion and debate for those working in contemporary art. There was a focus on recent treatments, approaches and strategies to the care of artworks and experiences of working within the sector all aimed at supporting or providing insight to those working in contemporary art conservation.


Wednesday 18 November: Training, Collaboration and Reflection

The first session focused on training and collaboration and was moderated by Icon-CAN committee member, Louise Lawson. The presentations were:

Alice Craigie and Julia Nagle: What I’ve learned so far; my graduate internship at Julia Nagle Conservation Ltd, London

Hedwig Braam: Spider in a Web: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Contemporary Art Conservation

Loredana Mannina: Mission: conservation! Reminiscing about the unexpected landing into caring for Contemporary Art

Carien van Aubel: Would you do it again?

Thursday 19 November: Private Practice, Treatments and Technology

The second session picked up from where the previous day left off, with a reflection on private practice, but then explored technology-based artworks and documentation. This session was moderated by Icon-CAN committee member, Brian Castriota. The presentations were:

Tessa Jackson and Lyndsey Morgan: Getting Started in the World of Contemporary Art Conservation

Alex Nichols: The challenges of displaying time-based media artworks

Marie Stucci: Tears and Fears: Conservation and Contemporary Art in the Public Realm

Valeria Duplat: Documenting contemporary art

Friday 20 November: Documentation, Reconstruction and a career in reflection

The third session followed on from second session, with a focus on documentation and reconstruction. It ended with a reflection on a career in modern and contemporary art conservation. This session was moderated by Icon-CAN committee member, Alice Watkins. The presentations were:

Judith Lee: A collaborative analytical and condition survey of a multi-component plastic artwork

(Full list of authors: Angelica Bartoletti, Joyce Townsend, Bronwyn Ormsby, Alice Watkins, Vanessa Griffiths, Libby Ireland, Deborah Cane, Simoni Da Ros, Isabella Del Gaudio, Anna Pokorska, Rose King, Katherine Curran)

Laura Wolfkamp: In the artist’s footsteps: Reconstructions as a research tool in contemporary art conservation

Rachel Barker: Reflections on an (ongoing) career in modern and contemporary paintings conservation from past and present perspectives

- Emerging Professional Network: Final thoughts