Sustaining Art

  • Lockhart, A. (Chair)
  • Lorraine Maule (Organiser)
  • Stephanie De Roemer (Organiser)
  • Rebecca Gordon (Organiser)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


    Sustaining Art: People, Practice, Planet in Contemporary Art Conservation, was an in-person and streamed international conference taking place 9-11th November 2022 in Dundee, Scotland. During the conference we addressed sustainability in its widest sense in relation to contemporary art conservation. In partnership with DJCAD University of Dundee, and in affiliation with The Dutch Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (SBMK) and the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (INCCA), it was a forum to challenge assumptions, examine practices, and pursue equity and sustainability in conservation networks of care.

    The conference will took place over three days. Day 1 focussed on ‘People’, Day 2 on ‘Practice’, which involved workshops, and Day 3 on ‘Planet’ which will opened up wider conversations. A drinks reception and a gallery tour was held at Dundee Contemporary Arts on the first evening, an conference dinner was held on the second evening and the Cooper Gallery at DJCAD (University of Dundee) will hosted a drinks reception for their Lucy Skaer and Rosalind Nashashibi exhibition on Day 3. On the Saturday, a free tour of the Plastic: Remaking Our World exhibition at V&A Dundee will took place followed by an introduction to the public artworks, specially commissioned for the conference at the Sharing not Hoarding billboards by NEoN Digital Arts.

    Conservation is a practice and profession of people and relationships in creation, presentation, and preservation of artistic, curatorial, preservationist, and archival practices directly affecting and reflecting the Planet. This conference asks questions of sustainability in relation to contemporary art and seeks to shift focus onto practices and performative qualities of contemporary networks and infrastructures in art by welcoming open and transdisciplinary conversations. This may involve highlighting issues and concerns, oversights and misunderstandings, as well as achievements and innovative practices, in order to find generative ways forward.

    The conference itself sought to operate as an example of event organisation and delivery prioritising decision making and processes that work towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
    Period9 Nov 202211 Nov 2022
    Event typeConference
    LocationDundee, United KingdomShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational