From 11-15 July 2016, the fifteen PhD researchers involved in the NACCA (New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art) project met for their second training event hosted by the University of Amsterdam (UvA).
As with each of the scheduled events, the week’s teaching content was curated to complement the students’ current position in their research trajectories. In line with the diverse backgrounds and focus of the PhD candidates, the training programme covered a medley of topics, including an introduction to UM’s model of Problem Based Learning; the process of artist’s interviews; research ethics; and various insights into documentation methods. The group was able to attend behind-the-scene tours of the conservation studios at the Stedelijk Museum and Rijksmuseum as well as the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency laboratories. Moreover, they were privileged to receive guest lectures from a number of experts in the field, including Maarten van Bommel, UVA; Gunnar Heydenreich of Cologne University of the Arts and Joanna Philips from the Guggenheim Museum in New York; Gaby Wijers of LiMA; and Erma Hermens and Robert van Langh of the Rijksmuseum, to name just a few.
The week concluded with a presentation by Dušan Barok and Julia Noordegraaf, UvA, in which they announced the launch of the NACCA project database and website, part of Dušan’s own PhD project.
For more information about NACCA, contact the project manager Sarah Melker.
From 25-29 January, Maastricht University hosted the first Winter School for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network ‘New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art‘ (NACCA). Fifteen doctoral students and their supervisors gathered at FASoS for a tailor-made, five-day training event.
At the Winter School, the NACCA PhDs attended lectures and seminars on the history, theory and concepts of contemporary art and art conservation. They were trained in general academic skills, research methodology, ethics, and data management. In addition to attending lectures and seminars, the participants visited the Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht and Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg, a leading insititute specialised in the conservation and restoration of paintings, sculptures, and modern and contemporary artworks.
The NACCA programme is coordinated by Maastricht University and funded by the European Union. The 15 PhD projects that are part of the programme will each investigate a different, as yet under-explored aspect of contemporary art conservation.
For more information about NACCA , please contact the project manager Sarah Melker.
Charlotte van Emstede