FRAME: Concept, History and Conservation: Symposium 2, Sydney 2019

by The Frame Blog

Call for Papers

Sir Edward Poynter, The visit of Queen of Sheba to King Solomon, 1890, o/c, 234.5 x 350.5 cm., AGNSW; frame designed by the artist. Photo credit: Google Art Project

The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM), Gilded Objects Conservation Special Interest Group (GOCSIG) and Conservation Framing Special Interest Group are planning the international symposium FRAME: Concept, History and Conservation, Symposium 2, which will be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, April 3–5, 2019.

The Frames Symposium 2019 intends to encompass broader 
concepts associated with conservation of picture frames and
 gilded surfaces, as well as the history of frames, development of 
their styles, design & technology, and conservation framing. 
We would like to invite papers on varied issues associated with 
gilded/ polychrome finishes on frames, their conservation
 problems, history, technology, and research. We expect to 
attract a wide international audience of conservators, conservation students, curators and historians, students of the curatorial management courses, artists, designers and framemakers. We are pleased to announce that two keynote speakers and international experts on frames, George Bisacca, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Timothy Newbery, London, UK, have already confirmed their attendance. Renowned Australian experts in the field will accompany them.

The organising committee now welcomes abstracts of 250 words for papers and lightning talks.

Paper presentations should be tailored to 20 minutes in length. Presenters are encouraged to submit papers for publication in the AICCM Bulletin. Lightning talks should be tailored to approximately 5 minutes in length with an abstract for publishing in the symposium notes. 
Please include: presentation title and author details (full name and institutional affiliation) plus a brief author biography up to 50 words. Applicants will be notified of the Committee decision by Friday 2 November 2018.

Please note, unfortunately the registration fee for presenters (apart from keynote speakers) is not covered by the symposium budget and funding for this will need to be arranged by the presenter.

Registration will be available from November 2018 through AICCM. Numbers are limited.

Registration fees (including GST):

AICCM member – early birds (up to 30 January 2019) AUS $495.00
AICCM member – late registration (after 30 January 2019) AUS $595.00
AICCM member – Conservation Student
 AUS $220.00
AICCM member – Conservation Student late registration AUS $320.00 Non-member
 AUS $720.00
Non-member – Student concession AUS $330.00
Conference speaker AUS $495.00

Further information on registration, social events, accommodation and transportation is forthcoming and will be published on the AICCM website

To submit your abstract, send it to Barbara Dabrowa, Senior Conservator-Frames AGNSW, at by close of business on Friday 28 September 2018.

Symposium Organising Committee:

Barbara Dabrowa, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Dr Malgorzata Sawicki, FIIC, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Louise Bradley, Conservation Framer, Melbourne
Holly McGowan-Jackson, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne