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Call for papers- ICOM-CC Sculpture, Polychromy, and Architectural Decorations interim meeting

Thursday 23 August 2018 (Categories: Documentation, Modern Materials and Contemporary Art, Murals, Stone and Rock Art, Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures, Sculpture, Polychromy and Architectural Decorations, Wood, Furniture and Lacquer)

ICOM-CC Sculpture, Polychromy and Architectural Decorations Interim Meeting 2019

Call for Papers:

"Conserving the Ephemeral: Light"


9 - 10th May 2019.


Tomar Polytechnic Institute, Tomar, Portugal

Light - a central ‘element’ throughout human history for and in ‘art making’, perception and appreciation ranges from the inclusion of actual light, the lighting of artworks, how a light source might interact with an artwork, the use of reflections, and using light itself as an artistic medium.

While the artist’s utilisation of light as an element contributes to the aesthetic appreciation and expression of the manifested intent and integrity of the artwork, the conservator’s encounter with this ephemeral medium is traditionally restricted to the physical nature of light as electromagnetic radiation and specific ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum applied to the scientific analysis for qualitative and quantitative investigation of media and to inform preventive measures for light exposure of light sensitive media for exhibition display.


This meeting aims to focus on light as the artist’s ephemeral ‘material’ and invites abstracts for contributions that explore and examine considerations of materiality, and methods of recording, preservation and reconstruction of ‘light’ as an intrinsic element to the overall artwork and how these may impact, determine and shape conventional conservation approaches and practices to works of art, such as:

- Polychrome, gilded, decorated surfaces of sculpture (wood, stone, metal)                                              - Architectural surface decorations: Interiors (historic and contemporary)  -  Contemporary sculpture and Installation Art (excluding time based media).

Abstracts should not exceed more than 500 words and should include author(s) name, affiliation(s), and contact details for correspondence.

The abstract should also include a title and up to six keywords.

The authors are asked to indicate on the file name the last name of the main (correspondence) author and if the abstract is intended for an oral or a poster communication (for example SMITH_Communication or SMITH_Poster).

Please submit your 500 word abstract by the 14th October 2018 to:


Authors will be notified of successful selection by 30th of November 2018.

The contributions must be original and not published before.

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